December 31, 2009

Finnish Mall Shot Up, Shooter Commits Suicide

Via my friend Jose Guardia comes news that a man walked into a mall in Finland's second largest city and killed four shoppers.

His body, and body of his wife, were later found:

Police say they found a body in the apartment of the suspected gunman, identified as 43-year-old Ibrahim Shkupolli.

His ex-wife has also been found dead in an apartment in Espoo, raising the total dead including the gunman to six.

According to Yle, Shkupolli used a 9-millimeter caliber hand gun.

Hundreds of people in the mall were panicked by the shots, witnesses said.

It wouldn't be surprising if Shkupolli murdered his wife over some sort of domestic dispute, decided that his life was over, and went to the mall to ruin as many lives as possible before returning to his apartment to commit suicide to avoid the consequences of his actions. Like many mass shooters, Shkupolli took the coward's way out.

People will not doubt focus on the fact that Shkupoli's first name is Ibrahim, and wonder if this was yet another case of a Muslim going on jihad. I suppose that is possible, but it doesn't seem likely based upon early reports.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at December 31, 2009 09:19 AM

Wonder what the gun control laws are there? They worked as well as ever, didn't they?

Posted by: SDN at December 31, 2009 09:55 AM

Finland has less onerous laws on guns than most European countries. That said, the same kind of thing happens from time to time in those countries that do have such hardline laws.

Posted by: JP at December 31, 2009 11:44 AM

JP don't you believe in the ordained right to bear arms?

Posted by: Bubba Redneck at December 31, 2009 12:39 PM

Yes, he was an Albanian Muslim

Posted by: Moss at December 31, 2009 04:09 PM

Finland is one of the top 5 most heavily armed countries in the world, some 1.6 million firearms in a country of 5 million (more or less). Mostly longarms I think, they also have a very low crime rate generally, as there is almost no poverty.,and few social tensions.

As for the Albanian, I've been to Albania and Bosnia and Muslims from that area are very secular and almost never fundamentalists, sort of like christians in Vermont, ;-).

I could mention the high quality Vodka and fine women in Finland as well, but I'll stop now.

Posted by: Will Butler at December 31, 2009 04:53 PM