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12-year-old arrested in Finland school shooting

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The school student allegedly killed one classmate and wounded two others in the city of Vantaa.
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A 12-year-old has been arrested in Finland in relation to a deadly school shooting.

The school student allegedly killed one classmate and wounded two others in the city of Vantaa.

Police said the gun belonged to a relative of the shooter.

The legal age of criminal responsibility in Finland is 15 years old, meaning police cannot lay charges against the child.

Finland school shooting

Police were called to the school around 9am (local time) on Tuesday.

The alleged shooter, a student, was located within an hour.

Police later confirmed one child had died from their injuries while two others are in hospital.

Police said the 12-year-old has admitted to shooting the other children.

Finland’s laws

In Finland, children under 15-years-old cannot be held responsible for a crime.

Police will investigate the incident, but their inquiries will be restricted to determining if and how the child was involved in a criminal act. They cannot press charges.

Local news said a 12-year-old cannot be detained for more than 24 hours in Finland.

Finland has strict laws on gun ownership and storing a weapon.

The country also has a low rate of gun deaths compared to the rest of the world.

Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo called the incident “deeply upsetting,” and encouraged families to “talk about” what happened at home.

“We need to be there for children and young people, to offer words of comfort and show them we care.”

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