The gunman who killed two people and injured 7 more in the early hours of Saturday had left the local vocational college from which the two murdered teenagers expected to graduate this summer.
The woman who died was aged just 18, while the man was 19. A female police trainee, aged 23, remains in a critical condition in hospital.
Although the suspected gunman has told police he was responsible, regrets his actions and understands the consequences, he has not yet revealed a motive. Police believe the victims were chosen at random.
Chief Inspector Mika Ihaksinen of the National Bureau of Investigation told Yle that the suspect was just starting a work experience placement, and could therefore not be described as marginalised. Ihaksinen also said that the suspect had been drinking with friends on Friday, and had visited the bar he later targeted, but there was a quarrel and he had left.
Baseball games cancelled
The suspect’s Facebook profile showed an interest in Airsoft shooting games, the Battlefield first-person shooter computer game, a Finnish sniper famous for his feats during the 1939 Winter War, an army surplus store, the Jokerit ice hockey team, Moomins and the Finns party.
He updated his Facebook profile around 15 minutes before the shooting with the cryptic words ‘it was nice, comrades’.
Several of the victims, including the man who died, were members of the local Finnish-rules baseball team Hyvinkään Tahko. The federation cancelled the weekend’s fixtures in the top flight Superpesis league as a mark of respect.
Following a crisis meeting of the Tahko team, it was decided that they would complete the season, but would request a two-week break in their fixture list.
The town of Hyvinkää has declared two days of morning on Sunday and Monday, when flags will fly at half-mast. The Red Cross is offering counselling on the phone, online and in person to those affected by the incident.