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Mother of two held over Gamla Stan shooting

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08:08 CEST+02:00
The ex-wife of a Swedish aristocrat has been arrested on suspicions that she hired a gunman in an attempt to have her former husband and his new girlfriend killed, Aftonbladet reports.

Police were refusing on Thursday morning to either confirm or deny the newspapers account of the events of Tuesday afternoon, which left two people hospitalized after a gun attack in Gamla Stan in central Stockholm.

A bitter custody battle over the former couple's two young daughters is believed to have provided the motive for the shooting, Aftonbladet reports.

The children were handed over to social services immediately after the woman's arrest on Tuesday evening, the newspaper adds.

The violent drama unfolded outside the Storkyrka School in Stockholm's Old Town around 5.30pm on Tuesday.

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 Thursday morning, the man's injuries were described as serious but no longer life-threatening. The woman is being treated for minor injuries.

“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 a man believed to be the shooter. The 38-year-old suspect was arrested but later released as the police revealed that the suspicions against him were not sufficiently strong to warrant detaining him.

The male victim has previously received threats in his home and police have been called to the address, Aftonbladet reports.

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