Finland · Massacres/Mass Murder · School Violence

Jokela School Shooting

November 7, 2007
Jokela, Tuusula, Finland
Pekka-Eric Auvinen (18) goes on a shooting spree in his high school, killing 8 and wounding 13 before killing himself

Auvinen, who was described by a teacher as a militant radical with interests in both far-left and far-right ideologies, had left a suicide note saying goodbye to his family and had written a post online stating “I am prepared to fight and die for my cause. I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection.”

Using a .22 caliber automatic pistol he purchased legally, Auvinen killed 7 students. He attempted to light the school on fire using two-strike engine fuel (a gasoline and oil mixture) but was unsuccessful. He made his way through the school eventually coming out to the schoolyard where head teacher Helena Kalmi tried to convince Auvinen to surrender. Instead, he shot her 7 times, mortally wounding her.

Auvinen visited a classroom, encouraged the students to destroy school property in a rebellion, shot a television, and left without shooting any of the students in the room. He noticed paramedics and police and attempted to shoot at them, but the bullet failed to penetrate the glass. More police attempted to talk to Auvinen to negotiate with him, and Auvinen attempted to shoot at them as well but also failed. He then turned the gun on himself, shooting himself in the head. He later died in the hospital of his self-inflicted wound.

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