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Oct 27, 2014 10:27 AM

Estonia: pupil shoots teacher in school class

The Associated Press

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) A 15-year-old pupil fired a gun and killed a teacher during class Monday in a town in southern Estonia the first known school shooting in the Baltic country.

Police were alerted to the shooting in Paalalinna school in the town of Viljandi in the early afternoon, police spokeswoman Tuuli Harson said.

She said no one else was injured and the shooter had been apprehended.

Government officials said the victim was a 56-year-old female teacher of German.

Officials said that the weapon was legal and registered to the father of the shooter.

Estonian national broadcaster ERR said the boy is believed to have used a revolver. The motive was not yet clear.

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said the incident "is not a tragedy of one school or one town; it is a tragedy for the whole of Estonia.'

"It is a grief and shock to us all," Ilves said in a statement.

As a minor, the shooter faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of manslaughter.

People under the age of 18 in Estonia are not allowed to acquire or possess weapons or ammunition, and handguns are not prevalent. However, hunting weapons are commonplace in rural areas where hunting is popular. The Baltic nation of 1.3 million is estimated to have around 120,000 weapons in civilian use.

Police were continuing their investigations and provided no other details.


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