Three killed in Finland school shooting (Lead)

September 23rd, 2008 - 6:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Helsinki, Sep 23 (Xinhua) A gunman Tuesday opened fire in a vocational school in northwest Finland killing at least three people and wounding many, media said. Three people were confirmed killed and many wounded in the shooting in Kauhajoki, a small town 300 km northwest of Helsinki, reports said.

A man with ski mask went into the school building before the shooting took place, CNN cited a witness as saying.

The gunman, around 20-year-old, was disarmed, news agencies quoted the police as saying.

But a CNN report said the suspect killed himself.

The shooting was the second such incident after a gunman in November last year killed eight people and himself with a handgun at the Jokela High School near Helsinki.

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