Man dies in Stockholm shooting

One man died and another was seriously injured in a shooting in central Stockholm on Wednesday morning.

Man dies in Stockholm shooting

Police have taken two men in for questioning. Police underlined however that the perpetrators remain at large.

“We consider that these people can give us valuable information. But they have neither been arrested nor are they suspected of any offence,” Kjell Lindgren at Stockholm police told news agency TT.

The deceased man is a 27-year-old Lithuanian citizen. The injured man’s identity and nationality have not yet been confirmed. According to the press office at Karolinska hospital the man’s condition is described as serious but stable.

The shooting took place on Swedenborgsgatan on Södermalm in central Stockholm shortly after 7am on Wednesday.

“I was awoken at 7.15am by two shots and then a man screamed. I went out on to my balcony, looked out and saw a man lying on the ground and a number of witnesses milling around. Then the ambulance arrived and number of police,” a witness told TT.

“At first I thought that it was New Year’s Eve. But there is quite an intense feeling to this area so I wasn’t that surprised really. But all the same it feels awful.”

According to Kjell Lindgren a large number of police are working on the case.

A TT news reporter at the scene this morning looked on when a group of police officers stormed an apartment near the crime scene on the tree-lined residential street.

“We have entered an apartment that we consider to be interesting,” police confirmed.

The police cordoned off parts of Södermalm and suspended transport services on Wednesday morning but by 8am trains were running as normal. The area in the vicinity of the shooting has been sealed off and a police forensics team is examining the scene.

A moped is reported to have been found burning near Årstaberg train station a couple of kilometres from the murder scene soon after the shooting.

“We are taking a broad approach to the investigation at the moment and can not rule out that there may be a connection,” said Kjell Lindgren.

Police report that they are looking for two men in connection with the shooting.

Five or six police broke into the apartment on Swedenborgsgatan on Södermalm in central Stockholm at around 9.20pm, according to news agency TT.


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