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25 year old shot dead in Malmö

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10:59 CEST+02:00
A 25 year old man was shot dead in Malmö overnight. The victim was well-known to police, and it is thought that a dispute between criminals could be behind the murder.

"That's an obvious speculation. The way it was done indicates quite strongly that another serious criminal was behind it, because it was carried out in cold blood," said the information director at Skåne police, Lars Förstell.

"But we are not ruling anything out. It could really be anything from a crime of passion to a criminal matter."

The 25 year old was sitting in a car on a Malmö street when he was shot through the front windscreen.

"The man was a passenger in the car. He was shot from the front, with one shot," said Anders Kristerson at Malmö police.

Police were called to the incident just before midnight, but when they arrived neither the victim nor the killer were there.

Speaking later in a police interview, the driver said the victim had asked to be driven to hospital. But doctors at the city's University hospital were unable to save his life.

The car, which is owned by a third person, has been seized by police and will be examined by forensics experts. A wide area around the scene of the shooting was cordoned off and is being searched by police officers.

According to Sydsvenskan, the driver has said that the shooting was completely unprovoked.

However, Lars Förstell did not reveal the relationship between the victim and the driver, or what he said in the interview.

"It's a murder investigation in which the victim was deeply involved in criminal circles," he said.

"That makes it a special kind of investigation since the people in those circles are not so cooperative. So we need to be very careful about what details are made public."

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