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Gunman Kills 4 in Finnish Shopping Mall


Police in Finland say they have found a body they believe to be the gunman who killed five people in a shooting Thursday at a shopping center in the Finnish city of Espoo.

Police superintendent Jukka Kaski said the suspect is 43-year-old Ibrahim Shkupolli, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo. His body was found in an apartment in Espoo. Police suspect suicide.

Police say they also found a body believed to be that of Shkupolli's former girlfriend in another apartment. She is identified as a Finnish woman born in 1967. Officials say she had taken out a restraining order against the suspect.

Witnesses say a man dressed in black began shooting into the crowd Thursday morning, causing panic as hundreds of shoppers ran for safety. Three men and a woman were killed.

Lone gunmen killed multiple people in school shootings in Finland in 2007 and 2008, prompting calls for tougher gun laws.

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

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