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Fatal shooting in central Malmö

A 26-year-old man was shot dead in Malmö in southern Sweden early on Sunday morning.

Fatal shooting in central Malmö

 

The man, who was reportedly shot in the central Stortorget square at around 3am, was given first aid by ambulance crews but died shortly after being brought to hospital.

 

There are unconfirmed reports of several shots being fired. One eye-witness told the news agency TT that the shootings took place in a car park on the square.

 

Other unconfirmed reports indicated that shots were fired outside a fast food restaurant.

 

“I cannot say exactly where he was shot, we need to wait for the results of the technical investigation,” police spokesman Mikael Persson told TT, adding that the man lived locally.

 

“He is known to have been involved in criminal circles, but we cannot comment on which ones for now.”

 

Persson could not confirm whether the police are looking for one or more suspects.

 

Police teams cordoned off the crime scene shortly after the shooting, and forensic teams, including a police sniffer dog, are examining the car park and the surrounding area.

 

“Half the square is sealed off. It’s packed with people and many are upset and wondering what happened,” said a witness.

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Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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