The videos posted by Finnish gunman

A gunman who killed 10 people at his trade school in western Finland before shooting himself, posted chilling videos on YouTube before the attack.

<p> The man had been questioned by police just one day before the attack about YouTube postings in which he is seen firing a handgun, Interior Minister Anne Holmlund said. He was released because there was no legal grounds to hold him, she said. </p> <p> Witnesses said panic broke out as the hooded gunman entered the school in Kauhajoki, 180 miles northwest of Helsinki, and began firing in a classroom where students were taking an exam. The shootings began just before 11 a.m. local time (08:00GMT), as about 150 students were at Kauhajoki School of Hospitality. </p> <p> <preform><b>Watch the videos made by the gunman</b><div id="videoId"><embed width="325" height="268" flashvars="file=http://www.independent.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00055/Me_and_my_Walther_P2_55832a.flv" allowscriptaccess="always" wmode="opaque" allowfullscreen="false" quality="high" name="single" id="single" style="" src="/independent.co.uk/javascript/inmPlayer.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" style="margin: 5pt 5pt 0pt 0px; float: left;"/></div></preform></p> <p> &quot;Within a short space of time I heard several dozen rounds of shots, in other words it was an automatic pistol,&quot; school janitor Jukka Forsberg told Finnish broadcaster YLE. &quot;I saw some female students who were wailing and moaning and one managed to escape out of the back door.&quot; </p> <p> Kauhajoki Mayor Antti Rantakokko confirmed that nine people were killed. At least one other woman had a gunshot wound to the head before the gunman shot himself in the head, authorities said. </p> <p> Finnish tabloid Ilta-Sanomat reported that police had identified the gunman as Matti Juhani Saari, a 22-year-old student. Authorities would only confirm that he was a student at the school, born in 1986. </p> <p> <preform><div id="videoId"><embed width="325" height="268" flashvars="file=http://www.independent.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00055/Goodbye_55834a.flv" allowscriptaccess="always" wmode="opaque" allowfullscreen="false" quality="high" name="single" id="single" style="" src="/independent.co.uk/javascript/inmPlayer.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" style="margin: 5pt 5pt 0pt 0px; float: left;"/></div></preform></p> <p> The Finnish news agency STT said the school building was on fire and the gunman reportedly had explosives on him. </p> <p> The gunman and the wounded woman were taken to a hospital in Tampere, two hours away, the hospital's medical director Matti Lehto told the AP. </p> <p> &quot;(He is) shot in the head so he is severely injured,&quot; Lehto said. </p> <p> College rector Tapio Varmola told YLE the school had 150 students at the time and the shooting started in a classroom where 20 people were taking an exam. </p> <p> Tuesday's rampage happened almost a year after another gunman killed eight people and himself at a school in southern Finland, an attack that triggered a fierce debate about gun laws in this Nordic nation with deep-rooted traditions of hunting in the sub-Arctic wilderness. </p> <p> <preform><div id="videoId"><embed width="325" height="268" flashvars="file=http://www.independent.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00055/You_will_die_next_55835a.flv" allowscriptaccess="always" wmode="opaque" allowfullscreen="false" quality="high" name="single" id="single" style="" src="/independent.co.uk/javascript/inmPlayer.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"/></div></preform> </p>
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