Suspect says he planned killing the same morning
Police in Helsinki say that the young man suspected in the shooting death of his father in a Chinese restaurant in Helsinki had planned the killing on the morning of the same day.
"He had decided on the morning of the same day that he would kill either himself or his father", says the head of the investigation, Detective Sergeant Antti Leppilahti.
The suspect has told police that the shooting was motivated by a long history of conflicts between the shooter and his father.
The young man, who lives in the western part of the Uusimaa area, had agreed to meet his father on Monday afternoon in the centre of Helsinki.
The son had a rifle with him, which he carried inside a guitar case. Police say that he had a licence for the gun.
According to Leppilahti, it remains unclear why the two decided to have lunch at a Chinese restaurant in the Aikatalo building.
It has come out in the investigation that the two had sat down at a table, but had not started to eat, when the son got up from the table and started walking toward the toilets.
"The father also got up and started to follow. As he was walking, the son took out the gun, turned, and shot his father", Leppilahti says.
Police say that four shots were fired, all of which hit the victim, who died on the scene.
The young man was remanded in custody by Helsinki District Court on Thursday afternoon on probable cause of murder.
Charges against him must be filed by mid-November.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Young man shoots father in Helsinki restaurant (4.9.2012)