Security guard shot outside Stockholm bar

A security guard at Stockholm's Blue Moon Bar was shot in the chest late on Thursday night. He was protected from injury by a bullet-proof vest.

At 3am a grey Volvo drove slowly past the bar. A man stepped out of the vehicle and fired a shot at the security guard.

“Everybody standing around was really shocked, not least the security guard,” said police spokeswoman Kristina Berglund.

Police put up road blocks at all exit points leading out of the city. The search for the vehicle involved in the attack has however so far proved fruitless.

During the night police questioned the security guard as well as a a number of victims. A motive for the shooting has not yet been established.

According to police spokeswoman Eva Nilsson, the man was hit by a single shot. He did not incur any injuries.

“The vest may well have saved his life,” she said.

Police are examining a bullet found at the scene in order to ascertain the type of weapon used in the shooting.

It is hoped that suveillance footage from Kungsgatan will help to provide a clearer view of exactly what happened.


Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden.