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Shooting leaves teen girl 'critically injured'

Published: 07 Aug 2012 06:45 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 Aug 2012 06:45 GMT+02:00

The shots were fired around 1pm on Monday in an apartment in Sollentuna, a suburb in northern Stockholm.

Police were quick to the scene arresting the 18-year-old gunman and taking a further three people in for interrogation.

The victim of the shooting was rushed in an emergency helicopter to the Karolinska University Hospital.

At first, Swedish media reported that she had died late on Monday night from her injuries, which included at least one gunshot to the head. But police on Tuesday morning denied that she had died, saying she is still alive but in a "critical condition".

The gunman, who was arrested while still armed and wearing only his underwear, is believed to have had a relationship with the girl, according to Aftonbladet.

“The victim and the suspect are not unknown to one another,” said Christian Jofur of the Stockholm police to the paper.

Police have not revealed whether the three people taken in for interrogation are suspects or witnesses, and have only stated that they may be able to offer information.

The crime has now been relabelled as a suspected attempted murder and police are continuing their investigations.

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Your comments about this article

09:37 August 7, 2012 by muscle
this is sad. i don know why strict punishment is not allowed in sweden.. tsk.. this is very sad for the girl. may her soul rest in peace.

I must add over here, that the rise in such attacks can also be attributed to lack of fear from the law! Even if someone gets into prison, they are actually PAID for the work they do there. :S
11:04 August 7, 2012 by robban70226
no respect for life
12:00 August 7, 2012 by StockholmSam
@Muscle

Are you serious? You do realize that punishment for such crimes is much, much harsher in the US and the UK and yet their crime rates (especially murder) are far higher than in Sweden, right? So obviously the connection you have drawn between harsh punishment and crime rates is not only faulty, but it may be diametrically opposed to the truth. Put down the barbells and pick up a decent newspaper now and then.
16:37 August 7, 2012 by muscle
@StockholmSam

Yes may be you are right. BUt i dont suppose this can be the ONLY reason why crime rate is higher in other countries. Perhaps the inflation, joblessness, poverty, are also the factors which may affect crime rate.

In a welfare state like sweden, many of these factors can be omitted, leaving behind lack of fear for law.

May be I am wrong, but this is just my opinion.
17:14 August 7, 2012 by StockholmSam
@Muscle

Good points. I would say that a lack of parental control early in people's lives is a huge contributing factor. Parents seem helpless to discipline their kids beyond trying to reason with them conversationally. In that sense, you might be right that there are not enough harsh consequences for those who misbehave. And while I will stop short of capital punishment for criminals, I can agree with you that much longer prison terms are needed.

That said, I must point out that even in the US, where prison terms are very long, the overriding objective of the penal system is rehabilitation. Yet sitting in prison for 20 years does not do much in the way of rehab. Sweden (and Norway) have lower recidivism rates due to their stronger efforts at reforming the prisoner and a lighter sentence is based on the assumption that these people can become productive in society again. In the US (or UK) that is less likely.
18:34 August 7, 2012 by jostein
More cruelty and death inflicted upon swedes by the unfathomable evil of the multiculturalists.
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