Not too far from the Russian border in the small town of Imatra, Finland, which inhabits about 28,000 citizens situated east of the capital Helsinki, a 23-year-old was arrested after shooting dead the head of the city council, Tiina Wilén-Jäppinen.
The mayor received the fatal wounds in her head and torso, along with two other journalists. The offender shot them with a rifle just outside a restaurant, and his motive for the attack is still unknown.
The police believe that the incident was a random attack.
According to the spokesperson of the police Heli Jamsen-Turkki, the victims were women fatally shot around midnight on Saturday.
She stated furthermore that the shooter offered no resistance whilst being arrested.
Detective Inspector Saku Tielinen said: “There is no indication of a political motive. It seems the gunman and victims didn’t know each other.”
The weapon used by the gunman was a rifle, however no other details have been revealed or identified yet regarding the incident, except that two of the victims were in their early 50’s and one in her 30’s, and all received several gunshots in the head and torso area.
As a result of this crisis, Saara Raudasoja, spokeswoman for the South Karelia Social and Health Care District stated: “We decided to open a crisis center after the shooting occurred right in the middle of the town near restaurants and nightclubs.
“There were people there when it happened. In such a small place, it’s quite a huge incident and many people were shocked,” said the spokeswoman of the small town in which the incident occured. The town, which is over 100 miles away from the capital, has a population of merely 28,000 people.
A crisis centre has was opened subsequently after the event with the intention of dealing with the repercussions of the attack, which befell a nightclub in the central area of the neighborhood.