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Malmö police probe two weekend shootings

TT/The Local · 24 Oct 2010, 21:53

Published: 24 Oct 2010 21:53 GMT+02:00

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The night before, a tailor's shop and hairdressing salon on the corner of Lönngatan and Norra Grängesbergsgatan in Malmö's Augustenborg district was also exposed to gunfire while the owner was inside.

A family discovered a bullethole in the balcony window of their home on Västra Skrävlingevägen in Husie on Sunday. This was the third shooting reported this weekend in the city.

At 10.30am, a man reported that he and his family thought they had heard fireworks overnight. Later, the family discovered what looked like a bullethole in the balcony window and curtain. The apartment is located on the second floor.

Police technicians at the scene have confirmed that this is yet another shooting.

"There is a hole in the pane of glass and a hole in a curtain," said Lars Rosberg of the Skåne police.

Calle Persson, public relations officer at Skåne police, confirmed to the TT news agency that police technicians have found a bullet or bullet fragment in the apartment.

The family that lives in the apartment are of foreign origin and were not previously known to the police. Police are now going door to door door in the area to look for witnesses who may have seen the shooting.

Separately, overnight, police took a man in his 50s in for questioning on suspicion of involvement in the shooting in Augustenborg. The man was released after questioning and he is no longer under suspicion, police said.

Fifty-seven-year-old Naser Yazdanpanah, who is of Middle Eastern origin, owns the business that was attacked on Saturday. He was in the shop when he heard a bang early on Saturday evening. He saw a man outside and went out.

He was then headbutted by the offender, who fled by bicycle. He was slightly injured, but was taken to hospital. He did not see the weapon nor the shot. Dog patrols have searched the area.

Police were called at 6.35pm on Saturday. Yazdanpanah returned to the premises on Sunday morning to serve its customers. He works 13 hours a day, seven days a week.

"One must always fight and now against him or her or those who go around and shoot people. I do not want to let them think they have won," he said defiantly to TT, but with fatigue clearly hanging over him.

When TT met him, he had not slept for 40 hours.

Yazdanpanah and his wife had attended a demonstration in Malmö against all the shootings and violence on Saturday afternoon. Several hours later, he himself was at the centre of the next shooting.

On Friday evening, a man reported that he felt someone had shot in his direction following a spate of shootings targeting people of immigrant origin.

Police this week said they were setting up a task force of up to 50 police officers to look into around 15 unsolved shootings in the southern city of Malmö, Sweden's third-largest, over the past year, which could be motivated by racism.

The crimes bear a chilling similarity to the case of an immigrant-shooting sniper in Stockholm in the early 1990s.

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Laserman was the nickname given to John Ausonius, who shot 11 people of immigrant origin, killing one, in and around Stockholm from August 1991 to January 1992.

Ausonius, who in many of the attacks used a rifle equipped with a laser sight, was sentenced to life behind bars in 1994 and remains in prison.

Just as with the Laserman case, the recent shootings in Malmö come at a time when an openly anti-immigration party has just entered the Swedish parliament.

This year, the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats won 20 seats in parliament in the September 19th election with an especially strong showing in the south of Sweden.

Police have warned residents against panic, stressing a text message appearing to come from police that had been circulating urging people to stay indoors was fake.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

22:51 October 24, 2010 by J Jack
And oh he's so happy to be called 'the lazer man!' Any fkd up maniac with a firearrm is an egomaniac .. & the press feed his appetite with 'LAZERMANNEN!'. What the f r u thinkin? Ur just as bad as the sht we have to deal with now! How about sniper. Call it as it is, like in Washington DC and you'll catch the mfkr. How do you NOT know he's on this board right now!?
23:04 October 24, 2010 by asian369
No one but Sweden Democrates are LOGICALLY responsible or behind ongoing situation in Sweden and particulary in Malmö.
23:32 October 24, 2010 by Chuy
Is Sweden really this f'd up? Wow...I'm sure this would never happen in Norway.
00:40 October 25, 2010 by Revenge
The mask has fallen, now everyone can see the true face of sweden.
01:50 October 25, 2010 by Syftfel
@Asian369. No the Sweden Democrats are not responsible for this. Not even remotely. If you're looking for someone to blame, point your fingers at decades of Social Dem open door policy. It is they who should bear full responsibility for the chaos and mayhem you are now witnessing, beginning with a certain O. Palme.
04:57 October 25, 2010 by HowSwedeitis
Noooo, no problems in Norway... you know, except the whole heroin thing... http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/jul/27/andrewosborn

And by the way, "the true face of Sweden?" Really? ONE man in a nation of 9 million+ shoots a few immigrants and this is the "true face?" Please.

07:04 October 25, 2010 by rashkow
indeed, the real face of Swedes are honosty and hospitality, and there is a proverb in my language which says: one sick fish can not contaminate the waters of the sea so no need to blame all swedes what a young boy is doing!!!
07:30 October 25, 2010 by fridayz
this people don't understand that this is not the immigrant to be blamed ...

for any reason, they applied for Sweden immigration and granted a citizenship.... now they HAVE TO BE TREATED EQUAL. it is so stupid to accept people and then shoot them it is a crime ... this shooter(s) has complains? go make noise in front of party leaders whom at the first place accepted the immigrants. do they think if this people would move and leave Sweden after years ... no they would never do that ... let see who would leave...mmmmm aha well educated ones who can find a job any where, wealthy ones who take their money and go anywhere they want and.... who would stay ... the ones that the shooter doesn't want them!!!
08:37 October 25, 2010 by locaxy
Chances are...this criminal voted Sverigedemocraterna.
09:06 October 25, 2010 by saschap
1)Just knock on the door of SAPO and ask them who is shooter, there are not million members of fascist groups in Malmo and political police surely have their informers among fascists. SAPO can also ask people who sell weapons who bought it. That's how they discover shooter who shoot politicians, but obviously they don't care when ordinary people, immigrants, are target. They knew all before shooter started to shoot.

2)Shooter is not only crazy man, his behavior is result of situation in society, result of fascist propaganda against immigrants, minister of justice and many other million times gave public statements against immigrants. It was just question of time when some individuals will begin to kill immigrants.
09:44 October 25, 2010 by saar
saschap you seem to know everything, I'd like to know who killed John Kennedy.Please?
10:31 October 25, 2010 by asian369
@saschap.. I second you.
11:03 October 25, 2010 by cowboykodp

Even you must admit that @locaxy is spot on.
11:17 October 25, 2010 by Sam1
I think Sweden is beginning to have lots of racist.

We have lots of nice kind people but yet we have lots of racists..We have people who have no hearts, I have seen very nice kind hearted Sweds who love their family and Sweden and the Earth.

But yet I have seen Sweds of all ages does matter their ignorace is cristal clear young or old, VIP or drunkass..Same mentality hate towards what they don't know and sheep mentality...They cannot investigate truth by themselves they wait for SD to tell them figures...

The ones who are racist Sweds are the ones that usualy have family problems, hate their parents, and leave their dying mother some one in Kiruna die alone...

and I asked one 37 years old Swedish lady who hates immigrants but works in Immigrants assistance she said to one UN refugee you get more money than me I work 50% he said its integration period why are you jealous?

I asked same lady when does she see her mother and father (NEVER)

Why ? I dont like them they are old and naggy...Kommun takes care of them I don't care..Many other problems..I worked at Child care every day a different father comes and recieves same children :-) mother has more than 10 boyfriend one might molest her daughter one day...and then SAY at the end its all refugees problems :-) if Social didnt help them they would have helped me, I would have stayed home...and not worked and blah blah...

they should first deal with their family hate problems and coldness and apathy then try to love others...
13:15 October 25, 2010 by Eastman

So who is taking care of your parents now? You or the swede tax payers? Infact, who is taking care of you and your 10 children now, you or the swedes tax payers?

You hear that Swedes? Wanna pay more taxes?
14:23 October 25, 2010 by Iraniboy
@Chuy and Revenge

What face you're talking about? I'm here in Sweden and I see that the vast majority of Swedes feel disgusting about what's happening. They felt more or less the same when SD came to parliment. Two morons in two decades is negligible. So according my experience you're totally wrong!!


Please stop talking about tax! All immigrants who work like you and me also pay tax. Let the Swedes decide what they want and 95% want current situation! So please don't start talking about you racist fanatasies you have highlighted in previous threads!

According to DN the voters of SD are young uneducated unemployed males. This clrealy shows the effect of recent economy crisis and less demand among youth to go to the universities. What government needs to do is to create more jobs and attract more people to education.
15:35 October 25, 2010 by Swedesmith
In a country with over 9 million people, there's gonna be a little of everything: rapists, racists, muggers, thieves, even horse f-ers. Mostly, though, I think it is full of good people who are disgusted by the actions of this sick individual. Hopefully he will be apprehended soon before someone else gets hurt or, worse, killed.
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