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'YouTube' Gunman Freed by Police Before Massacre

Times (UK)

24 September 2008

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Matti Juhani Saari, 22, went on the rampage at the Kauhajoki School of Hospitality yesterday. Ninety minutes later, nine members of his catering college were dead. He then turned the gun on himself, to die later in hospital with his tenth victim, bringing a bloody end to Finland's second college massacre in a year…

Anne Holmlund, the Interior Minister, said that Saari had been brought in for questioning by police on Monday about postings on the YouTube website in which he was seen firing a Walther P22 handgun… Ms Holmlund said that the suspect had been released because there was no legal reason to hold him.

Saari had had a temporary permit for a pistol and it had not been withdrawn… [T]he gunman had a temporary permit for a .22 calibre pistol, and he had received it in August 2008."…

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