Finnish School Shooter Dies; Toll Now 9

Teen turned gun on self, warned of spree on YouTube
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2007 4:50 PM CST
Members of Finland's cabinet from left, Minister of Justice Tuija Brax, Minister of the Interior Anne Holmlund, Finland's Minister of Education Sari Sarkomaa, Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen and Minister...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The teen who killed eight in a Finland school today has died in a hospital after a self-inflicted gunshot. Five boys, two girls and a woman identified as the school's principal were killed in the rampage in Tuusula, 40 miles north of Helsinki. "He was moving systematically through the school hallways … shooting through the doors," one witness told Reuters.

"It felt unreal, a pupil I have taught myself was running towards me, screaming, a pistol in his hand," the teacher said. The shooter is thought to have posted foreshadowing videos on YouTube, including "Jokela High School Massacre - 11/7/2007." He also wrote on the site, "I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race."