Finnish Mall Shooter Believed Dead

Ibrahim Shkupolli may have also killed his ex; toll stands at 6
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 31, 2009 4:40 AM CST
Updated Dec 31, 2009 8:41 AM CST
This image made available Dec. 31, 2009 on the website of Finland's Police shows the suspected gunman in Finland's New Year Eve holiday shooting at a mall in a suburb of the capital Helsinki, Finland.   (AP Photo/Finland Police, HO)
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(Newser) – The gunman who shot four shoppers at a Finnish mall today has been identified as Ibrahim Shkupolli, and two more bodies—believed to be that of Shkupolli and his ex-girlfriend—have been found. Police say Shkupolli, a 43-year-old immigrant, killed his ex in a nearby apartment before going to the mall in Espoo, Finland’s second largest city, where she worked. He appeared to target victims at random, AP reports.

One woman and three men were killed at the mall, located six miles away from Helsinki. The mall was evacuated as a manhunt went on for several hours before a body, believed to be that of Shkupolli, was found in his apartment. The fifth victim—called Shkupolli’s ex-wife by the Telegraph—had a restraining order against Shkupolli.

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