Young man shoots father in Helsinki restaurant
Shooter apprehended by pizza chef at neighbouring restaurant
A middle-aged man was shot dead in the centre of Helsinki on Monday afternoon.
The incident occurred outside a Chinese restaurant in the atrium of the Aikatalo building behind the Ateneum Museum.
The suspect, a young man who is the son of the victim, was apprehended near the scene of the shooting.
There were many people in the area at the time of the shooting, but no outsiders were hurt.
The head of the police investigation, Detective Superintendent Antti Leppilahti, could not say on Monday what the motive might have been, or if the shooting was premeditated.
Iraqi pizza chef Jawhar Mustafa Bashdar, who works at a pizzeria near the Chinese restaurant where the shooting occurred, said that he heard a loud noise and the sound of breaking blass.
"Then a girl ran by and said that some boy had been shooting in the Grand Shanghai restaurant", Bashdar said.
He says that he ran and caught the boy and asked him what he had done. "I shot my father because he has done many bad things to me in my life", the boy had said according to Bashdar.
Bashdar says that he handed the shooter over to police who arrived at the scene. He went into the restaurant with two security guards and a police officer. Inside he says that they saw the victim who was still alive at the time.
Police did not comment on Bashdar’s version of the course of events on Monday.