Prison for Stockholm casino shooter

The 23-year-old man charged for shooting in the entrance of Casino Cosmopol in Stockholm on Christmas Eve has been sentenced to ten years in prison for attempted murder.

Prison for Stockholm casino shooter

The man was also convicted for aggravated assault and making illegal threats.

The district court in Stockholm wrote in its ruling that the shooting must be considered attempted murder because the 23-year-old fired three quick shots towards the entrance with a deadly weapon.

“The intent was obviously to kill” the bouncer, wrote the court.

A lay judge recommended that the man be acquitted because she didn’t believe the investigation had really demonstrated that the 23-year-old, rather than someone else, was the assailant.

Among the evidence cited by prosecutors were films and pictures from security cameras at the casino and the nearby subway station.

The shooting took place late on Christmas Eve last year after the man had been denied entry to the casino.

He returned later with a gun and fired three shots into the entrance.

One security guard was hit in the stomach, but sustained only minor injuries. Two women were also hit in the arm and leg, respectively, both also escaping without serious injuries.

The shooter must also pay around 400,000 kronor ($52,000) in compensation to the victims.

The 23-year-old managed to evade authorities until his arrest in early May. He claimed that he remained underground because he was afraid of being shot by the police or convicted of something he didn’t do, but the district court found the man’s story lacked credibility.

Two other men have been held in connection with the shooting, but have now been freed from the investigation.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).