Finland school shooting suspect dies

KAUHAJOKI, Finland (AP) -- Hospital officials in Finland say the gunman who killed 10 people at a trade school before shooting himself in the head has died.

Police say the attacker, wearing a mask and dressed in black, was armed with a 22-caliber pistol. He also used explosives to start a fire in the school building.

Finland's interior minister says police had questioned the man yesterday about YouTube postings that included a video clip of him firing a handgun at a gun range. The minister says he was released because police had no legal right to hold him.

Police say the man, who was a student at the school, opened fire on a class of about 20 people who were taking a test. Witnesses say people in the school panicked at the sound of the gunfire. One man says he heard a number of students wailing and moaning after he had heard a series of gunshots.

The rampage comes nearly a year after another gunman killed eight people and himself in a school in southern Finland.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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