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A 12-year-old suspect was arrested Tuesday morning in Finland after a shooting at an elementary school left three 12-year-olds injured.

Police responded to the shooting at Viertola Primary School in the town of Vantaa shortly after 7 a.m. local time, according to Sky News.

Residents are urged to avoid the area, the outlet reported.

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Finnish police investigate the scene at Viertola primary school where a child opened fire and injured three other children, April 2, 2024 in Vantaa, outside the Finnish capital Helsinki.  Police said the attacker was in custody and "All those involved in the shooting are minors."

Finnish police investigate the scene at Viertola primary school where a child opened fire and injured three other children, April 2, 2024, in Vantaa, outside the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Getty Images)

The victims were transported to a hospital to receive medical treatment.

“The immediate danger has passed,” the school’s director, Sari Laasila, told Reuters.

Emergency services, including armed police, were seen at the scene, according to Finnish television channel MTV Uutiset.

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Finnish police officers guard the scene behind police tapes at the Viertola comprehensive primary school where a child opened fire and injured three other children, April 2, 2024, in Vantaa, outside the Finnish capital Helsinki. (Getty Images)

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“The day started in a horrible way,” Interior Minister Mari Rantanen said on X. “There was a shooting at the Viertola school in Vantaa. I can only imagine the pain and worry that many families are experiencing at the moment. The alleged perpetrator has been arrested.”

Finland tightened its gun laws in 2010, requiring an aptitude test for all gun license applicants and increasing the age limit for applicants from 18 to 20 years old.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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