Three shot at Stockholm casino

Three people were shot and injured by an unidentified gunman shortly before midnight on Christmas Eve at Casino Cosmopol in central Stockholm.

Three shot at Stockholm casino

Two guests and a bouncer were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds, according to the police.

“One was hit in the arm, one in the leg and one in the stomach, according to the information we have received,” said police spokesman Janne Hedlund.

All three were taken to St. Görans hospital in central Stockholm. The extent of their injuries is not yet known.

“We have sixteen or seventeen police units out searching for the perpetrator,” said spokesman Magnus Axelsson.

According to the doorman who alerted the police, a man opened fire with a handgun after he was denied entry to the casino.He then walked away from the scene.

Following an examination of security footage, police described the perpetrator as male, 1.80 metres (6 feet) tall, with short cropped fair hair. He was wearing a black jacket with a logo on the upper arm, blue jeans, black shoes and white socks.

Witnesses at the scene also reported that he spoke broken Swedish. Janne Hedlund said his age was unknown.

“But we have received information that he jumped into a taxi. So we are currently checking with all major taxi companies,” he said.

Around 300 people are believe to have been at the casino at the time of the incident. Police have cordoned of the area around the casino, which is located on Kungsgatan in the city centre.


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.