Finland shooter chose who to target in attack
Published 03/01/2010 | 05:00
THE attacker who killed his ex-girlfriend and four other people during a shooting rampage in Finland on New Year's Eve apparently chose his victims and did not fire at random, police said.
Chief investigator Esa Gronlund of the National Bureau of Investigation told reporters that a preliminary investigation had indicated that Ibrahim Shkupolli's method of shooting the five Finns, most of them at a shopping centre in the town of Espoo, suggested that he had planned Thursday's killings.
The 43-year-old Shkupolli, an ethnic Albanian immigrant from Kosovo, committed suicide after his attack.
Investigator Henrik Niklander said police were examining the relationship between Shkupolli and the people he gunned down in Espoo, which is a few miles outside Helsinki.
"The fact all victims were employees of the (same) Prisma store seems to indicate that we're not dealing with a coincidence," Mr Niklander said.
Four of those killed -- three men and one woman -- were working in the Prisma grocery store when they were shot. The fifth victim -- Shkupolli's former Finnish girlfriend -- had been an employee at the same store, though she was found dead in a nearby apartment. She had won a restraining order against Shkupolli, who had stalked her for years.