Man shot dead in central Sweden

A 45-year-old man was shot dead near his home just south of Fagersta in central Sweden on Monday night.

As of early Tuesday morning police had yet to make any arrests in the case.

According to Västerås police spokesperson Börje Strömberg, a witness heard a shot fired and saw a man crumble to the ground outside his home.

“We don’t know if he was shot inside or outside. The witness saw a white or light-coloured station wagon disappear following the shooting,” Strömberg told the TT news agency.

Police believe the man was home alone when he encountered the assailant. Police had no indication of any specific threat against the 45-year-old who, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper, had earned millions of kronor in the oil business.

Police later discovered a light-coloured car abandoned near a rest area between the crime scene in the village of Brandbo and the nearby town of Fagersta.

The car has been taken by police and will now undergo a forensic examination, although police say it’s too early to know whether or not the car had anything to do with the crime.

“We still have no motive and no suspects,” said Västmanland county police spokesperson Ivan Åslund to TT early Tuesday morning.

“The victim isn’t someone we’ve had previous contact with and as far as we know there were no existing threats against him. During the day we plan to interview more friends and acquaintances to see if we can get any clarity. Until then we’ll be checking every thinkable assailant.”

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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