Incident Summary:

11/07/2007: A student carried out a school shooting, said to be modeled on the Columbine (c.f. 199904200004) and Virginia Tech school shootings, in Tuusula, Finland. He killed seven students, a teacher, and himself, with a handgun.




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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Jokela High School
Specific Description Students and teachers in the Jokela High School
Nationality of Target Finland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
The perpetrator had just registered his hand gun three weeks before the shooting.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information Teachers in the school mentioned that although the perpetrator was "from an ordinary family," he "had become increasingly radical in recent months."
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Neo-Fascist extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 9 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 9
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Ian Traynor, "National: 'Revolution. Smash everything'. Then eight were killed by student gunman: Finnish teenager shoots himself after rampage: Contempt for 'ordinary mortals' in YouTube video," The Guardian, November 8, 2007.
Claire Soares, "Gunman kills eight at Finnish school after YouTube threat," The Independent, November 8, 2007.
Harry De Quetteville and Timo Oksanen, "Teen guns down 8 at school; 'This is my war,' Finnish student says in video," National Post, November 8, 2007.