Couple wounded in Gamla Stan shooting

Two people were shot and seriously injured in Stockholm’s historic Gamla Stan district Tuesday evening.

Couple wounded in Gamla Stan shooting

Police later arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder.

The drama unfolded outside the Storkyrka School in Stockholm’s Old Town around 5.30pm.

The victims, a man and a woman both in their thirties, were hit by several bullets. The man was shot in the chest and head, while the woman was hit in the throat and face.

Both were still conscious when they were taken to Karolinska University Hospital for treatment. As of early Wednesday morning, the man remained in critical condition.

“What we know is that the assailant came around 4pm and stood and waited for this couple,” said Stockholm police spokesperson Stefan Rådman to the TT news agency at the scene of the shooting.

The shooter then fled the scene on a yellow scooter wearing a helmet with a visor pulled down over his face.

Despite her injuries, the female victim was able to make a call to police, giving them the name of the man believed to be the shooter.

“The couple who were shot clearly knew him,” said police spokesperson Thomas Johansson.

Police won’t say whether the primary motive for the shooting was jealousy, but say they are fairly certain the two victims had a relationship with one another.

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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.