• Sweden edition
 
MALMÖ SHOOTINGS
Police call for tips on Malmö shootings

Police call for tips on Malmö shootings

Published: 08 Nov 2010 10:27 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Nov 2010 10:27 GMT+01:00

"It is a long way from being concluded," deputy chief constable Åsa Palmqvist said in a Monday morning press conference.

Palmqvist told reporters that the investigation is ongoing and called on the public for more information.

"We want to continually get in more tips. We need that," she said.

It has been confirmed that the 38-year-old has been arrested on "probable cause", the highest level of a three grade suspicion scale used in Sweden.

The man is suspected of one murder in October 2009 and seven attempted murders between then and October 2010.

Police remained on guard at the man's home on Sunday night after several gangs of curious youths found their way to the location.

"It is all part of the security-building measures we have taken. So that the residents can feel safe," said the county officer in charge of Skåne and Blekinge police on Sunday night.

The prosecutor and police have been cautious in their public statements over the weekend regarding details of the case. The arrested suspect's name has not been revealed and police have refrained from officially linking him to what the Swedish press have dubbed "the new laser man", who may be behind a series of immigrant shootings.

According to media reports on Monday the man is confirmed to be an "ethnic Swede" and the man's father told the Aftonbladet daily that his son "lived in fear of immigrants taking over Swedish society".

It has also been confirmed that the 38-year-old, described as a "loner" by neighbours, possessed a licence for two weapons, which police seized during their search.

The search of the man's apartment on Sunday resulted in a strengthening of the suspicions against the man.

The chief prosecutor Solveig Wollstad has confirmed that the man denies all involvement in the shootings and that a decision over whether to charge him will be taken on Tuesday.

The arrest comes after a massive Malmö police investigation was launched on October 22nd into whether a lone shooter with racist motives was behind some 15 attacks, killing one person and injuring many others.

Dozens of regional police officers have been dispatched to Malmö to help in the hunt as of late October.

Of the 50 to 60 shootings that have taken place in Malmö over the past year, police consider about 15 of them as "unaccounted for".

Police have furthermore indicated that the shooter may even have committed unsolved murders dating as far back as 2003.

Authorities said at the time it might take weeks or months to find the perpetrator or perpetrators of the attacks.

At Sunday's press conference, Skåne county criminal investigation department superintendent Börje Sjöholm, described the arrest as the result of traditional police work.

"We were interested in him following information obtained from the population," he said of the suspect.

The October announcement spread panic in the city and a link was quickly made with a spate of racist attacks carried out with a chilling similarity by an immigrant-shooting sniper in Stockholm in the early 1990s dubbed "Laser Man".

"Laser Man" was the nickname given to John Ausonius, who shot 11 people of immigrant origin, killing one, around Stockholm from August 1991 to January

1992.

Ausonius, who got his nickname by initially using a rifle equipped with a laser sight, was sentenced to life behind bars in 1994 and remains in prison.

Unlike Ausonius, the Malmö shooter does not appear to use a laser sight rifle, but police say the same gun has been used for several of the shootings, including the attack on the only known ethnic Swedish victim.

Trez Persson, 20, was killed last October when someone fired numerous shots into the car she was sitting in with a friend, a man of immigrant origin, who was seriously injured in the attack.

In October alone, numerous shootings appear linked to the case, including two men shot in the back, a week apart, as they waited alone in the dark at separate, isolated bus stops.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

12:52 November 8, 2010 by izbz
Malmo police stated the rasist shooting is *far from solved', does it means that the immigrants are still unsafe to walk on the streets from this *far from solved* situation.
13:14 November 8, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
izbz:

This suspect is said to be half Finnish. It´s allover the news here. His dad is supposedly Finnish. So if this guy is really the one, immigrants have been shot by someone with an immigrant backround :/

But why?

Well, better deal with this now than later anyway.

Anyone reading the papers can do some checking and if one really wants to know who this suspect is, one will find out in the end.

So much for the police protecting identities...

Anyway, something stinks in this equation, bad.
14:57 November 8, 2010 by jack sprat
Bad policing,..as usual.

Bad procedure,...to release such information or guesswork as they have to date, which appears to be based only on circumstancial evidence and at a time when they admit to be be continuing with enquiries.
19:01 November 8, 2010 by Nemesis
They are the police.

They need to stop eating pizza, get of there fat ass's and go out and do there job.
21:21 November 8, 2010 by Homesoul
Which Swedish paper has the most stories of this incident?
10:20 November 9, 2010 by Rishonim
I stand correct in my assumption that Swedish women turn incredible ugly after the age of 40. It seems they all grow some sort of moustache, wither, their hair get dry as an old-straw broom and then they disappear. Walk around any neighbourhood from Umeå to Skåne and you will find an array of incredibly looking women from 18 till 39 and what happens after that is anyone's guess.
10:59 November 9, 2010 by Amber Dawn
The suspect has Asperger's syndrome. It's going to be interesting.
12:56 November 9, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
#7: Amber Dawn:

So we´re told.

If this guy had this syndrome verified, why on earth was he given a licence for a gun?

This incident might present a plethora of questions about certain things.

Hoooly crap....

It still stinks. I have a feeling it does.
13:20 November 9, 2010 by Amber Dawn
Did he HAVE a license for it?
13:40 November 9, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
SHOULD he have a licence for it?

Or should one just say it straight on ones face: "You are retarded, we cant´t give you a licence for a gun?"

He has licence for 2 guns.
15:29 November 9, 2010 by Amber Dawn
Asperger's syndrome is not a mental retardation. It's a developmental disorder that makes emotion and social cues difficult to varying degrees. Often the greatest minds in the world suffer from some sort of Asperger's. His degree may not be strong enough to have him deemed unsuitable to own a weapon. I personally think an approved psychiatric evaluation should be done before any weapon permit is issued.
16:05 November 9, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
I kinda get that. I´ve met many people with symptoms like that, I do not know if they had this or not, but I´d seriously reconsider a gun permit.

It´s like a relative of mine I saw first time: We went to meet their family and the guy could barely utter a "hello", let alone saying his name or dishing out a cup of cofee and some cake. OR SOMETHING, you know what I mean...

A minute later I heard his car door go "bang" and off he went to hunt for some moose.

They have a kid.

The kid slow...
18:38 November 9, 2010 by OnessOfMankind
He is pushed by those racist with fake statistics...Very sad..
Today's headlines
Swedish royal couple set wedding date
The couple pictured in the summer. Photo: TT

Swedish royal couple set wedding date

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist, who got engaged earlier this year, have announced they will marry next June. READ  

Analysis
Sweden Democrat threats 'just a show'
Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson. Photo: TT

Sweden Democrat threats 'just a show'

There is talk that the nationalist Sweden Democrats could trigger a fresh election, by rejecting the new coalition's budget. But leading Political Scientist Li Bennich Björkman tells The Local that the party is just game-playing and should be focusing on getting its 'exhausted' leader back. READ  

Science
Astronaut helps launch first student satellite
Christer Fuglesang on a previous space mission. Photo: TT

Astronaut helps launch first student satellite

Sweden's debut astronaut Christer Fuglesang is helping students at KTH Royal Institute of Technology to become the first in the country to make their own satellite and send it into space. READ  

New coalition
New coalition reveals 'compromise' budget
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Green Party leader Åsa Romson. Photo: TT

New coalition reveals 'compromise' budget

UPDATED: Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's Social Democrat-led coalition has revealed its first budget proposal, listing plans to spend more than 20 billion kronor. READ  

Weather
Sweden braces for ten centimetres of snow
Kiruna, in far northern Sweden, has already been hit by snow this season. Photo: TT

Sweden braces for ten centimetres of snow

Sweden's weather agency has warned that up to ten centimetres of snow are on the way for Sweden. READ  

Business and Money
Global profit boost for Handelsbanken
Handelsbanken is Sweden's second largest bank. Photo: Bertil Eriksson/TT

Global profit boost for Handelsbanken

Sweden's second-largest bank, Handelsbanken, has reported a rise in third-quarter profits, boosted by higher income from its loan book as it continues its expansion overseas. READ  

Stockholm 'sub hunt'
Sweden pulls back 'submarine' search
Navy vessels remain in the archipelago. Photo: Lars Pehrson/TT

Sweden pulls back 'submarine' search

Sweden is pulling back part of the naval operation which has been searching for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm for nearly a week. READ  

Julian Assange
Assange prepares for court ruling in Sweden
Julian Assange at Ecuador's embassy in the UK. Photo: Anthony Devlin

Assange prepares for court ruling in Sweden

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he is "confident" his asylum status will be resolved, as he awaits an imminent ruling on his case by a Swedish court. READ  

Opinion
'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'
The submarine hunt is now in it's sixth day. Photo: TT

'Why were we kept in the dark for years?'

Military expert Johanne Hildebrandt tells The Local that the biggest question in the Stockholm submarine hunt hasn't been answered yet - why don't we know more about the "other operations" from the last few years? READ  

The Local List
Eight things to love about renting in Sweden
Apartments in Sweden are compact. Photo: Shutterstock

Eight things to love about renting in Sweden

A housing crisis means that short-term sublets are the norm in major cities and rent regulation rules are frequently flouted. But this week, The Local's decided to look on the bright side of renting an apartment in Sweden. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
In Pictures: Prince Carl Philip and his bride to be
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Blog updates

21 October

Denna & den här (The Swedish Teacher) »

"?Denna? or ?den hr?? Swedish language students often ask question about different pronouns. One pronoun that especially..." READ »

 

19 October

Getting it (Blogweiser) »

"Follow Joel Sherwood on FB Few watch baseball in Sweden. This is excellent when your team loses..." READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Get 20% off unique Swedish homeware
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Politics
Ten new minister faces you should know
Tech
First womb transplant baby in world born in Sweden
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

978
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN