A 12-year-old pupil opened hearth at a decrease secondary faculty in southern Finland Tuesday and wounded three different college students, all additionally 12-years-old, police stated.

The suspect was later arrested, police stated.

Heavily armed police cordoned off the varsity, which has some 800 college students, within the metropolis of Vantaa, simply exterior the capital, Helsinki, after receiving a name a couple of capturing incident at 9:08 a.m.

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Finnish police at a faculty the place the place a 12-year-old pupil allegedly opened hearth and wounded three different pupils, additionally 12-year-olds, in Vantaa, exterior the Finnish capital Helsinki, on April 2, 2024.

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Police stated the suspect was arrested within the Helsinki space later Tuesday.

“The fast hazard is over,” the Viertola faculty’s principal, Sari Laasila, instructed Reuters.

“The day began in a horrifying method. There has been a capturing incident on the Viertola faculty in Vantaa. I can solely think about the ache and fear that many households are experiencing in the meanwhile. The suspected perpetrator has been caught,” Interior Minister Mari Rantanen said on X.

Also on X, Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo called the shooting “deeply stunning.”

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Finnish cops speak to relations of pupils on the Viertola major faculty the place a pupil, 12, allegedly opened hearth wounded three different 12-year-olds on April 2, 2024 in Vantaa, exterior the Finnish capital Helsinki.

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The motive for the capturing wasn’t initially clear.  

The victims had been taken to hospital, Reuters reported, citing a police spokesperson.

Reuters stated the varsity has college students from first by ninth grade, in line with the native municipality.