Nightclub shooting leaves man dead in “hellish” Malmö

A 25 year old Swede died and another man was injured following a shooting at a nightclub in Malmö in the early hours of Saturday morning. Police are holding a 40 year old Danish man on suspicion of the murder.

The incident has added to concerns over the region’s violent crime rate, which is increasing ten times faster than in Stockholm.

Around a hundred people were at the Heartbreak club in central Malmö when two men, the Dane and the 25 year old, began arguing by the cloakroom. According to Aftonbladet, both were known violent criminals with links to local motorcycle gangs.

“It became a real punch-up,” a witness told the paper. “Suddenly one of them pulled out a pistol and began shooting wildly. People threw themselves on the floor in panic.”

An employee of the nightclub said that the older man “emptied the gun” before calmly walking out. The victim apparently staggered out into the street where he died.

The third man, Henrik, was a former doorman at the nightclub. He was hit by two stray bullets and taken to the University Hospital in Malmö by ambulance. After an operation to remove the bullets he returned home on Saturday evening.

“Suddenly the 25 year old guy came running down the stairs,” explained Henrik. “He ran right at me. It was total chaos.”

Seconds later the 40 year old appeared with the gun in his hand and began shooting.

“I didn’t have time to think about what was going on,” Henrik continued. “It was just bang bang bang!”

Within minutes of the shooting police arrested the 40 year old a couple of blocks away from the club. While he admitted being involved in the brawl, he denied shooting the 25 year old.

He claimed that he was punched several times and hit over the head with a bottle. According to Wednesday’s Dagens Nyheter, he will claim self-defence if he is formally charged. The prosecutor in the case, Jenny Lindell was unimpressed, commenting: “Personally I think it’s strange for him to deny the crime.”

Late on Wednesday Sydsvenskan reported that police were questioning another man in connection with the murder. He is suspected of protecting a criminal, and at the time of writing the media was speculating that he disposed of the gun for the 40 year old.

The incident is part of an alarming trend in the Skåne region. In the last six years the number of reported cases of rape, assault, murder and manslaughter has risen by 21.7%, according to Aftonbladet. In Stockholm the increase is just 1.7%.

“It’s become hellish in the city,” said Lars-Göran Karlströmer, a police inspector in Malmö.


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