Finland: Shooter kills former girlfriend, four of her co-workers

Finland: Shooter kills former girlfriend, four of her co-workers

Ibrahim Sckupoll/Shkupolli (43), killed his former Finnish girlfriend of 18 years and four other people in the store where she worked in the Finnish town of Espoo today.  The Kosovo-Albanian came to Finaland in 1990 after a short stay in Norway.  Sckupoll married an Albanian woman in 2008 and had a child with her, but still kept after his girlfriend.  Sckupoll's brother and parents also live in Finland. (NO)

According to some reports Sckupoll targeted his victims (according to one theory he suspected one of the shop employees of having a relationship with his former girlfriend), according to others, he didn't.

Mikko Paatero, Finnish Police Director General, says this case is all about integration. (This and a roundup of stories at Gates of Vienna)

Roger Boyes of the Times is already blaming the Finns, for not integrating the Balkan refugees:

Yet there is some degree of social responsibility and the Finns will have to face up to it. A study of the mental health of mass evacuated Kosovo Albanians, conducted by Goeran Roth of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, revealed serious psychological problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder and clinical depression, and a greater sense of displacement than other migrant communities. The study was conducted in Sweden but tallies with results from many societies that took in war-scarred Bosnians or Kosovars.

Finland accepted them generously, gave them benefits, schooling and roofs over their heads – and then ignored them. As a result the Balkan refugees often inhabit a parallel universe made up of internet cafes, betting syndicates, casual work.


Police have confirmed to YLE that a sixth person found dead in Espoo on Thursday was the perpetrator of a shooting rampage at the Sello shopping mall. Four people were shot dead at the shopping centre on Thursday. A fifth victim, an ex-girlfriend of the shooter, was found dead in a flat in Espoo.

Following the incident, police began a manhunt for the suspect, Ibrahim Shkupolli. They said he was considered armed and dangerous, and had run-ins with the police in the past.

The Helsinki District Court sentenced Shkupolli to a fine in 2007 for firearm violation for illegal possession of a 9 mm handgun and ammunition. The Espoo District Court had also fined Shkupolli for illegal possession of a 7.65 calibre handgun and ammunition in 2003. His ex-girlfriend had sought and received a restraining order against him.

The shooting was reported to police at 10.08 am. Espoo Police say three men and one woman, all employed at the Prisma grocery store at the shopping centre, were shot dead at the mall. The ex-girlfriend was also employed at Prisma. The mall was closed following the incident.


Source: YLE (English)

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