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Finland: Gunman kills 2, wounds 7 from rooftop in random attack

Two teenagers are dead and seven people wounded after a gunman opened fire in the center of the Finnish town of Hyvinkaa.

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The body of a shooting victim lies covered with a sheet as Police cordon off the area following multiple shootings by a gunman in Hyvinkaa, Finland, May 26, 2012. (Sari Gustafsson/AFP/Getty Images)

Two teenagers are dead and seven people wounded after a gunman opened fire in the center of the Finnish town of Hyvinkaa.

In what police said was a random shooting, a man was seen wearing camouflage-colored leather while firing about 20 times with a rifle near restaurants and markets, hbl.fi reported. The shootings occurred shortly before 2 a.m., CNN reported.

The shooter killed two 18-year-olds, a man and a woman, the Associated Press reported.

Eyewitnesses in Hyvinkaa, about 30 miles north of Helsinki, said they saw the female victim with her face covered in blood and heard her scream before she dropped to the ground.

The man who was killed was a member of a local Finnish baseball team, according to the AP. The Finnish baseball league has cancelled all league games in the country this weekend.

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The gunman — an 18-year-old man, according to the Associated Press — shot at people from a low rooftop in central Hyvinkaa, Markku Tuominen, officer in charge of the investigation, reportedly said.

He was arrested without incident early Saturday, Tuominen said. The suspect does not have permits for his firearms, Tuominen told CNN.

Reuters reported that the man had used two rifles and that he also critically injured a 23-year-old policewoman who arrived at the scene.

Finland has 650,000 registered gun-owners in a population of 5.4 million, and shooting rampages are not uncommon, the AP reported. Fifteen people died in two deadly school shootings in 2007 and 2008, and a man was wounded in a school shooting earlier this year. 

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