16 06 2008

Finnish man kills 2 adult daughters, wife, self

15 June 2008

Associated Press

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5idX3I6jFIiMSILlg2QXx9wOML7NAD91AMF887

Helsinki, Finland (AP) — An 88-year-old man on Sunday killed his two disabled adult daughters and shot his bedridden wife before turning the gun on himself in northern Finland, police said.

The man’s wife, also in her 80s, later died at a hospital, police said.

The mentally handicapped daughters, both in their 50s, died immediately from gunshot wounds at home in Ylitornio, about 500 miles north of the capital, Helsinki, police said.

After shooting his daughters, the man went to a local health center and shot his wife before returning home, talking briefly with police on the telephone, and then killing himself, police said.

“He ended the conversation quite soon and then we heard a shot,” Ylitornio police chief Seppo Kinnunen said, but gave no details of the conversation.

Police said they knew of no motive and were investigating the case. They declined to give further details.

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