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Man admits killing woman and child

The man apprehended by police for the murder of a woman in her thirties and a child born in 2002 has confessed to the killings.

Man admits killing woman and child

The murders took place on Thursday morning in the central Swedish town of Surahammar in Västmanland county.

According to police spokesperson Rolf Söderberg, the male suspect has confessed that he killed the woman and child.

The man has been arrested on probable cause for suspicion of committing two murders.

According to several media reports, the man is the woman’s 31-year-old live in boyfriend.

Police received a call around 8.30 in the morning that “something horrible” had happened in a house.

“When a patrol came to the address a woman and a child were found dead in the dwelling,” said Västerås police spokesperson Börje Strömberg to the TT news agency.

The murder was committed with a knife and Strömberg rejected reports that shots had been fired in connection with the crime.

The suspected killer is in his thirties and was discovered in the house. He hasn’t been formally taken into custody, but has been captured and taken to the central hospital in Västerås with mild injuries.

Police in the area cordoned off the crime scene and technicians began examining the house. They also spent the morning inspecting passing vehicles.

Police won’t say exactly how the woman and child died or whether the killings occurred in connection with a dispute.

“It’s really distressing, especially since Arboga is only 40 kilometres away. I’ve had the chance to speak with a few neighbors and it feels awful,” said a neighbor.

Less than two weeks ago, two toddlers were murdered and their mother seriously wounded in a knife attack in Arboga. Swedish investigators are on their way to Germany to question a 31-year-old woman suspected in the Arboga killings.

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Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

A man was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night. He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record for most fatal shootings in one year set in 2020 has now been broken.

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

“Unfortunately we can’t say more than that he’s in his twenties and we have no current suspects,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT newswire.

According to police statistics, this most recent deadly shooting means that 48 people have been shot to death in 2022, meaning that Sweden has broken a new record for deadly shootings per year.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s police chief Anders Thornberg said that this number is likely to rise even higher before the end of the year.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record this year,” he told TT on Tuesday. “That means – if it continues at the same pace – around 60 deadly shootings.”

“If it ends up being such a large increase that would be very unusual,” said Manne Gerell, criminiologist at Malmö University.

“We saw a large increase between 2017 and 2018, and we could see the same now, as we’re on such low figures in Sweden. But it’s still worrying that it’s increasing by so much over such a short time period,” he said.

There also seems to be an upwards trend in the number of shootings overall during 2022. 273 shootings had occured by September 1st this year, compared with 344 for the whole of 2021 and 379 for the whole of 2020.

If shootings continue at this rate for the rest of 2022, it is likely that the total number for the year would be higher than 2021 and 2020. There are, however, fewer injuries.

“The majority of shootings cause no injuries, but this year, mortality has increased substantially,” Gerell explained. “There aren’t more people being shot, but when someone is shot, they’re more likely to die.”

Thursday’s shooting took place in Kristianstad, but it’s only partially true that deadly gun violence is becoming more common in smaller cities.

“It’s moved out somewhat to smaller cities, but we’re overexaggerating that effect,” Gerell said. “We’re forgetting that there have been shootings in other small cities in previous years.”

A report from the Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented last spring showed that Sweden, when compared with 22 different countries in Europe, was the only one with an upwards trend for deadly shootings.

Temporary increases can be seen during some years in a few countries, but there were no countries which showed such a clear increase as Sweden has seen for multiple years in a row, according to Brå.

The Swedish upwards trend for deadly gun violence began in the beginning of the 2000s, but the trend took off in 2013 and has continued to increase since.

Eight of ten deadly shootings take place in criminal environments, the study showed. The Swedish increase has taken place in principle only among the 20-29 year old age group.

When police chief Anders Thornberg was asked how the trend can be broken, he said that new recruitments are one of the most important factors.

“The most important thing is to break recruitment, make sure we can listen encrypted and that we can get to the profits of crime in a better way,” he said.

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