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Police: 4 people shot dead in Finnish mall

Police: 4 people shot dead in Finnish mall

A gunman clad in black went on a shooting rampage early Thursday at a mall in Finland's largest city, killing four people, police and witnesses told state media.
Hundreds of people in the mall were panicked by the shots, witnesses said.
Police identified the shooter as 43-year-old Ibrahim Shkupolli and said he was still on the loose.
One woman and three men were shot dead at the Sello shopping mall in the city of Espoo, police spokesman Jurki Karlio told The Associated Press, adding that all trains to the mall were halted as police searched for the gunman.
He said there were "many hundred people" inside the mall at the time.
State broadcaster Yle reported that the gunman was born in 1966 and was previously known to police.
A witness told the broadcaster a gunman dressed in black began randomly shooting at people on the second floor of the Sello mall. Another witness told Finnish radio that a panic ensued as the shooting began.
"There were loads of people who were crying, and many vendors who were completely panicked," the unnamed witness said.
The Sello shopping mall describes itself as one of the Nordic region's largest with more than 170 shops. It opened in 2005.
Finland, a nation of 5.3 million, has 1.6 million firearms in private hands and ranks among the top five nations in the world in civilian gun ownership.
Politicians, social workers and religious leaders have all urged tighter gun laws, more vigilance of Internet sites, and more social bonding in the small Nordic nation, which is known for its high suicide rates, heavy drinking and domestic violence.
Previous shootings in Finland have been linked to schools. In September 2008, a lone gunman killed nine fellow students and a teacher at a vocational college before shooting himself in the western town of Kauhajoki. In November 2007, an 18-year-old student fatally shot eight people and himself at a high school in southern Finland.
Both young men fired guns in YouTube clips posted before the shootings, shot themselves in the head and used .22-caliber handguns bought from the same store.