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Viljandi school shooter hospitalised

BC, Tallinn, 29.10.2014.Print version

Estonian Prosecutor's Office announced that it planned on Tuesday to continue interrogating witnesses and the 15-year-old schoolboy who killed his German teacher on Monday in Viljandi but the boy's medical condition did not allow doing it, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.


"Today (28th October) a message was received from the police that the medical condition of the boy suspected of the shooting required medical intervention. An ambulance took the boy to a medical institution, where he remains under supervision and because of that, the planned interrogation was postponed," said a spokesman for the state prosecutor's office Kadri Tammai. Postimees Online reported that it was mental health problems of the boy that didn’t enable to keep questioning him.


Tammai said that, on the basis of the information known by now, the weapon used for the shooting was in a locked weapons cabinet at the boy's home and the investigation will have to reveal how the boy got the cabinet's key. The weapon legally belonged to his father.


"Today we do not have a definite answer yet also about how many shots were made and where exactly they hit the victim. Expertise will give answers to these questions," said Tammai.


A 15-year-old schoolboy shot and killed his German language teacher during class in the Paalalinna School in Viljandi, South Estonia, Monday afternoon. The boy used a revolver that legally belonged to his father and allegedly shot several times at the teacher. There were several other pupils in the classroom but he did not target anyone else. After his act he calmly surrendered to teachers of the school. No motives of his act have been revealed so far, except that according to his Facebook postings, he was fond of weapons and military matters.


Estonian press also wrote that in spring, during a drug raid in the school, the boy was found to carry a self-made knife-like object in his bag. Recently a meeting took place in the school between the school's board of trustees and the police discussing the raid issue. The board of trustees chairman Kristjan Mändmaa said that the boy's father is a member of the board of trustees and at the meeting claimed that the knife did not belong to the boy.


Viljandi county newspaper Sakala writes that the boy comes from a family of 4 children, among whom he is the youngest. The family lives in the country and the father is active in many volunteering activities, like the local village theatre, including also his children in these activities. The boy was also considered a good student who participated in several extracurricular activities, for example a science school.


So far, no information of any conflict between the boy and the teacher, or of any kind of school bullying either, has come to light.

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