Man shot dead in Gothenburg nightclub

Police in Gothenburg are searching for a gunman who shot and killed a man in a crowded nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Man shot dead in Gothenburg nightclub

A large number of people witnessed the shooting before the unknown killer left the popular Nivå nightclub on Kungsportsavenyn in the city centre.

”We know the identity of the deceased man; he is known to the police,” superintendent Peter Kron told local newspaper Göteborgs-Posten.

“But since we haven’t yet been in contact with his parents I don’t want to say anything else about him.”

Michelle Waffenius, 19, was standing nearby with a group of friends when the shooting took place.

”We didn’t understand what had happened. We just saw this guy fall to the ground,” she told local news website

“I reckon we were about three metres away. I was looking on right when it happened but I didn’t understand what was going on.”

Security guards blocked all exits in a bid to detain the shooter as soon as they realised what had happened. Guests at the nightclub were let out one at a time and were each asked to identify themselves and provide a short statement.

“All we’re prepared to say for now is that there’s an ongoing forensic examination and we’re planning to question witnesses over the course of the day,” said police spokeswoman Pia Goksöyr.


Red-green coalition takes power in Gothenburg

The Social Democrats, Green Party and Left Party have managed to oust the right-wing Moderates from power in Gothenburg, despite failing to strike a coalition deal with the Centre Party.

Red-green coalition takes power in Gothenburg

The Social Democrats, Left Party and Green Party will now take over the municipality with Jonas Attenius, group leader for the Social Democrats in the city, becoming the new mayor.

“We three parties are ready to together take responsibility for leading Gothenburg,” Attenius wrote to TT. “I am looking forward immensely to leading Gothenburg in the coming years.” 

The three parties will lead a minority government, with 40 out of 81 mandates, meaning it will dependent on mandates from the Centre Party to pass proposals. 

The three parties had hoped to bring the Centre Party into the coalition, but talks fell apart on Monday,  October 24th. 

“We our going into opposition, but our goal is to be an independent, liberal force, which can negotiate both to the left and to the right,” the party’s group leader in Gothenburg, Emmyly Bönfors told the Göteborgs-Posten newspaper. 

The end of talks in Gothenburg leave the Social Democrats leading coalition governments in all three of Sweden’s major cities, with Karin Wanngård appointed Mayor of Stockholm on October 17th. 

The Social Democrats had unbroken control in Malmö since 1994, after they regained power from the Moderates, who controlled the city from 1991-1994, and also from 1985-1988.