A mayor and two journalists have been shot dead by a man with a rifle in the small town of Imatra in Finland, Sky News reports. The three women were shot multiple times in their head and torsos as they left a restaurant on Saturday night.
A 23-year-old man was arrested at the scene. Police said he did not arrest when confronted by officers who arrived just moments after the shooting. The motive for the killings is not clear.
“We decided to open a crisis center after the shooting occurred right in the middle of the town near restaurants and nightclubs,” Saara Raudasoja, a spokeswoman for the South Karelia Social and Health Care District, said.
“There were people there when it happened. In such a small place, it’s quite a huge incident and many people were shocked.” Just 28,000 people live in Imatra, which is about 140 miles (230km) from the capital Helsinki.
About 650,00 people in Finland, which is home to 5.4 million, own a gun, but firearm deaths are not common.