A police interrogation of Matti Saari a week ago Monday and a possible visit by police to his home on the previous Friday are not believed to have induced Saari to attack his vocational school when he did. On Tuesday last week, Saari shot dead ten people at the school, and took his own life.
The newspaper Ilta-Sanomat reported on Saturday that several police officers may have visited Saari’s apartment on Friday.
NBI investigator Jari Neulaniemi refers to messages that were found at the suspect’s home.
“Nobody knows yet why Saari chose that day. So far the only other indication of a motive involves slips of paper where he mentions the year 2002.”
In the message, Saari indicates said that he had been planning an attack since 2002.
During the weekend the investigation into the events at Kauhajoki has involved interviews with witnesses and investigations at the scene of the killings.
On Friday a court gave the investigators permission to access the suspect’s telephone records. “We have been given permission to look at the call information of Saari’s telephone, but we have not yet had time to deal with them. For that reason, we do not yet know if he called somewhere during the shootings or after them.”
Neulaniemi says that so far there is no indication that Saari might have warned off some of those who were to take a test in a classroom where the shootings take place.
About 20 students were scheduled to take the test, but only 13 showed up.