At least 8 killed, hours after YouTube posting predicts school massacre

This is a screen captured image taken from internet website YouTube of a teenage gunman, which features in a video posted by a man going by the username of Sturmgeist89, who is believed to be responsible for the shooting.
This is a screen captured image taken from internet website YouTube of a teenage gunman, which features in a video posted by a man going by the username of Sturmgeist89, who is believed to be responsible for the shooting.

HELSINKI, Finland (CBS/AP) -- At least eight people were killed Wednesday after an 18-year-old man opened fire at a high school in southern Finland, a medical official said.

"It's at least seven dead," medical response leader Eero Hirvensalo told The Associated Press. Another person was "severely injured," while 10 other people had minor injuries, Hirvensalo said.

A municipal official said earlier that some students remained inside the school. Police said the situation was "under control," indicating they were not being held hostage.

Hours before the shooting, a video was posted on YouTube predicting a massacre at the school, called Jokela High School, reports Britain's Sky News.

The video shows a still photo of a school that looks like Jokela, which then shatters into many pieces to reveal a tinted red image of a man pointing a gun at the camera.

The video is titled "Jokela High School Massacre -- 11/7/2007," and was posted by someone using the name Sturmgeist89, which means "storm spirit," according to Sky.

Associated Press Television News found a second video, originally posted by the same user and titled, "Shooting in Finland Jokela's high school". The video shows a man resembling the individual in the "massacre" clip shooting target practice with a handgun.

The person who posted the video was identified in their user profile as an 18-year-old man from Finland.

The posting was later removed.

Police could not immediately be reached to comment on the video.

It was the first known school shooting in Finland, where gun ownership is fairly common by European standards, but shootings are rare.

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CBS and Associated Press contributed to this report.