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8 Dead in Finnish School Shooting


A student has opened fire at his high school in southern Finland, killing eight people, then shooting and wounding himself.

Officials say the attack at Jokela High School in Tuusula took place hours after a video posted on the YouTube Web site predicted the school massacre. Police said the dead included seven students and the school's principal. A dozen others were wounded.

One witness told Reuters news agency the gunman moved systematically through school hallways, knocking on and shooting through doors.

Police say the shooter is hospitalized in critical condition. Local news media describe him as an 18-year-old male fascinated with weapons and violence.

Police surrounded the school, and by mid-afternoon Wednesday, authorities said the situation was under control.

Local media say the YouTube video, which has since been removed from the popular Web site, was set to driving rock music.

Entitled "Jokela High School Massacre - 11/7/2007," the video showed a still-photograph of a school that the Reuters news agency said appeared to be Jokela. The picture then fragmented to reveal a red-tinted picture of a man pointing a gun at the camera.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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