Finland School Shooting Linked to YouTube

18-year-old kills eight at high school; clips warned of spree
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2007 11:20 AM CST
Pupils leave the Jokela high school in Tuusula, Finland, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007 with their parents after a shooting. At least seven people were killed after an 18-year-old man opened fire at the Jokela...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – At least eight people are dead at a high school in Finland where an 18-year-old opened fire today, CNN reports, and the killer seems to have left warnings of the spree on YouTube. Suspected gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen, in critical condition at a hospital north of Helsinki, posted a video earlier today titled "Jokela High School Massacre - 11/7/2007."

The shooting is thought to be the first of its kind in Finland, CNN reports. The killer's YouTube user name is believed to be "Sturmgeist89"—German for "storm spirit"—and the teen is thought to have had a fascination with Hitler and Stalin. Auvinen also published a manifesto in which he pledged to die in a battle against the "weak-minded masses."