One injured in Stockholm street shooting

One man was found injured and has been brought to hospital after an incident police classify as attempted murder near a playground in the Stockholm suburb of Solna on Sunday afternoon.

“When we arrived on the scene we found a man with gun wounds,” said Ulf Lindgren of the Stockholm police to daily Aftonbladet.

Police received a call shortly before 2pm on Sunday about alleged gunfire in the area. Witness reports stated that several shots had been fired on the street.

When officers arrived to the scene, just next to a popular local playground, the perpetrator had scarpered and police found one man injured on the road.

According to the police the man was able to communicate with police and he was subsequently taken to hospital for treatment.

One source told Aftonbladet that the man had been injured in his leg, and acid had been thrown over him, but police were unwilling to confirm what had happened or how badly injured the victim is at this stage in the investigation.

However, officers told news agency TT that a forensic investigation is under way.

“We’re now trying to work out what has happened, if there’s more than one perpetrator involved in what has occurred here today,” said Lindgren to TT.

Officers immediately began questioning witnesses and cordoned off large parts of the nearby area.

“What’s vital at this stage is to identify witnesses that have made relevant observations,” Lindgren told TT.

Police have so far not made any arrests in connection with the incident. A preliminary investigation into attempted murder has been initiated.

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Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime