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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)

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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..
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