Pekka-Eric Auvinen, an 18 year-old Finnish student wanted fame– he got his wish as he blazed away in a Finnish secondary school on Wednesday killing eight of his fellow students before killing himself. He used a 22 caliber handgun for the massacre and had learned to shoot at a shooting club. The first alarm reached police headquarters at 11:44 a.m. and by 11:54 a.m. police were at the Jokela school, located north of Helsinki. Parliament adjourned shortly after receiving information about the shooting, the same Parliament that went right along with its business after learning of the 9/11 attack.
Who was Pekka Eric-Auvinen? Two days prior to the shooting he had posted a video on YouTube showing him in the forest shooting at an apple. The video was entitled, “Me Shooting With Catherine.” On Wednesday morning, shortly before heading to the Jokela School Centre, he uploaded a short video onto YouTube entitled “Jokela High School Masacre-11/7/2007″ Before being removed by YouTube the video had been watched over 200,000 times. Pekka admired the boys who were involved in the Columbine shooting and the Virginia Tech shooter. Auvinen appears to have considered himself more evolved than other people seeing himself as almost a god compared with “the masses.” He wrote: “Although I chose my high school as the target, my motives are much deeper. Most of you are too arrogant and closed minded to understand.” His Internet material makes note he was interested in history and philosophy and found movements on either the right or left of the political spectrum to be most fascinating. His classmates described him as a loner and some thought he had been subjected to bullying. His parents are both part time musicians and his mother is active in local politics.
Was it a coincidence the event took place on November 7– the 90th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution?
His classmates lit candles in memory of those who died.
Pekka-Eric Auvinen– Who Was He?