Finland massacre: gunman planned shooting for 6 years
The gunman who killed 10 people and himself at a college in Finland left behind suicide notes which disclosed the massacre had been planned for six years.
Twenty-two-year-old Matti Juhani Saari, left two notes revealing his rationale for the slaughter was because ‘I hate the human race’.
The notes were uncovered in a dormitory at the school Saari attended as a culinary student, 220 miles north of Helsinki. In his writings he referred to ‘the solution’ being a ‘Walther 22’, which is thought to be a reference to the Walther .22 calibre handgun he chose to commit the murders.
One police source revealed: ‘Saari left notes saying he had a hatred for mankind, for the whole of the human race, and that he had been thinking about what he was going to do for years. The notes show he was very troubled and he hated everything.’
Questions are already being raised over why Finnish police had not recognised Saari’s dangerous nature. Particularly as the murderer had been visited by police one day prior to the massacre for posting a series of video clips on YouTube which showed him at a shooting range firing the gun he used on his victims.
In one video Saari speaks to the camera and warns ‘You will die next’, then fires four shots. Police say a second person filmed the footage and are now on the hunt for them.
The Finnish authorities were unable to act on their fears and confiscate the pistol as Saari’s gun was licensed and he had not broken any Finnish laws.
Saari sent panic through the college yesterday when he entered the building dressed in black and carrying a large bag. He put on a ski mask and coolly proceeded to open fire on a hall full of students taking an exam.
He had also made some homemade petrol bombs – Molotov cocktails – which he set off during the frenzy, burning some of the bodies.
Saari then turned the gun on himself and died later in hospital. Nine of his victims were all discovered in one classroom and at least one was a teacher.
The school caretaker Jukka Forsberg said he heard ‘horrible screams of pain’ as he charged out of the building.
‘Two girls came towards my room and said a weird man was shooting,’ said Forsberg. ‘I went to see and saw a guy leaving a big black bag in the corridor and going into classroom number three and closing the door. ‘I looked through the window and he immediately shot at me. He fired at me but I was running zigzag. I ran for my life.’