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Police: 'No connection to serial shootings'

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 28 Oct 2010, 11:10

Published: 28 Oct 2010 09:20 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Oct 2010 11:10 GMT+02:00

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The news that a man had been arrested the shooting caused shockwaves across the Swedish and Scandinavian media on Thursday, as the city of Malmö remained on edge following a spate of up to 20 shootings directed at people with immigrant backgrounds.

At a press conference on Wednesday morning Malmö police however confirmed that there was no connection to the wave of shootings, and was instead an isolated incident of attempted murder.

"It concerns two incidents of attempted murder. We have a feasible motive," said Ulf Sempert at Malmö police.

The 24-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder for shootings which took place in the Lindhagen district of the city on October 20th.

Two people were injured in connection with the shootings.

Furthermore it was explained that the news of the 24-year-old's arrest was released to underline that the police continue to work with other incidents of gun crime, despite the allocation of massive resources to the serial shootings case.

The police underlined that the investigation into the spate of shootings was ongoing, but wasn't expected to be concluded anytime soon.

Malmö police also commented the news that criminal gangs had become involved in the search for the gunman that has kept the city's multi-ethnic population on edge.

"This is nothing that we like. Those who act risk committing crimes. The risk is that those who form groups do not have the same requirements on proof that we have. It is completely unacceptable with some form of vigilance committee," said Börje Sjöholm at Skåne police.

The Malmö shootings have been widely covered in the international press since the link was made to the Laser Man attacks of the early 1990s last week and police confirmed that they were investigating a racist motive.

The news on Thursday of the arrest of the 24-year-old was reported with the same coverage, with Danish newspapers for example quick on the uptake.

"I am conscious that the information which was initially sent out could have been clearer," said Lars Mahler at Malmö police.

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Laser Man 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 Laser Man 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 a particularly strong showing in the south of Sweden.

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:50 October 28, 2010 by Carnitas
Well, this is modern day Malmö. Another day, another shooting. I know the media is in a frenzy over whether this could be the 'immigrant shooter' or not but, in Malmö, a shooting is an everyday thing so the odds are long that they have caught who they want to catch.

Btw, Malmö was such a great city 20-30 years ago. Does anyone know what has changed? Just wondering. Thanks.
10:18 October 28, 2010 by jazzIIIlove
Maybe we are changing, that may be the reason...

Your welcome.
10:21 October 28, 2010 by Rishonim

I think the root of the problem can be found with the Social Democrats. For years they wanted to show the international community that Sweden was a bleeding heart country. We accept the desolate and destitute. Please come to Sweden. Our refugee policies are the most liberal in Europe. I equate this problem to hacking. A hacker breaks into your system because he/she finds a weakness in your network; a miss-configuration of a software or a wrongly written code. They get in, steal and create havoc. So I don't blame the hackers per say, I blame those responsible with the security of the system for not ensuring the network was secured and protected.
11:07 October 28, 2010 by Carnitas
@jazz- Who is 'we'??

@ zooeden- A fabulous argument you've made here. Wow. How do I come back? lol
11:51 October 28, 2010 by Mib
Malmö has taken in a lot of immigrants without investing in the resources needed to help integrate them into Swedish society. Rosenborg is a famous estate where there are too many people living in an area resulting in overcrowding. Add to that the discrimination or a lack of trust towards non-Swedes by empolyers and you have a smoking gun where frustrations boil over. The criminally minded stoke the fires even more and here is where Malmö is today. I must admit...coming from the UK, I was shocked to read about bombs and shootings in Malmö and Göteborg. Always thought that Sweden didn't have these issues. How wrong was I.

Politicians are not doing their job, regardless of political colours. Obviously, being caught and sent to prison is no disincentive and the lack of police presence is quite obvious......only seeing them in their police cars. It needs a concerted effort from Comunity leaders, State politicians and investment to turn the situation around......but hey....why would you do that....they're only immigrants..rght? But, these types of issues are everywhere in Europe. As usual...politicians just talk and take no action.....while they live in their ivory tower oblivious to the real world.
12:49 October 28, 2010 by calebian22
How much more investment in the immigrant community is necessary? Good grief! There is so much money/benefits available to New Swedes. Giving more is not required of Sweden. Expecting more from the New Swedes is needed.
12:50 October 28, 2010 by gatorage
I find the whole thing very sad. At the end of the day it is easy to dishumanise these people as merely 'immigrants who dont integrate and cause crime'. But lets not forget these are human beings - with families, children, hopes, dreams - whos lives are being destroyed.

Of course there are many immigrants in Sweden who fit the above criteria and do not deserve to live in such a wonderful country - but there are also many who very work hard and are doing what we all would do (if we were in there places) - showing your family a better life if you have the opportunity.

Yes Sweden (like most of Europe) has immigration problems - To put it simply... Too many, Too fast, Not the right type of immigrants (i.e. immigrants that bring value to their host nation). This has resulted in poor integration of the immigrants - and also an abrasive effect on the local population. Human beings do not like change - esp when it is too big and too fast. It is natural to oppose this. The locals do this through their suspicion/detestment of the new arrivals and the new arrivals do this by failing to assimilate to the new world around them.

Immigration has been happening for thousands of years. I honestly believe immigration can be an enriching experience for everyone .. but it needs to be balanced and well controlled to avoid the above.

We must take a step back - and understand this is not the fault of the individual immigrant we see on the street - but the government responsible for their reckless mass movement of human beings. We need to stop blaming and hating these other human beings. Resentment is a horrible state of mind - and only creates more resentment.

There is something bigger afoot. And Immigrants and Locals alike have been moved around like pawns on a chessboard. The 'powers that be' (the people that really run this planet) have an agenda that is in full swing. It involves breaking down borders / national identities and cultures + throwing different cultural groups together which are bound to clash.

Divide and Conquer is their game. Through the media, education and society we have been conditioned to view each other based on the boundaries of RACE, AGE, RELIGION and CLASS (Despite the fact we are all the same - dont tell yourself otherwise, as you are kidding yourself and you know it).

AND... while we are busy squabbling about our petty differences .. THEY are literally running to the bank.

We need to join together, not stand apart in this.
13:24 October 28, 2010 by Roy E
The attempt to link this to a political party is absurd. People shouldn't squander their integrity and credibility by being so cavalier, but if they insist upon having their opinion dismissed, so be it.

Such obvious smear campaigns really are counterproductive to the aggressors when all is said and done.
15:00 October 28, 2010 by Syftfel
@carnitas: We all know what's changed. Our taxes are higher. And a considerably larger percentage of the city's population are non-contributing excess baggage.
15:17 October 28, 2010 by Swedesmith
Yes gatorage, it is very sad. Thanks for contributing the voice of reason.
18:24 October 28, 2010 by cowboykodp

I think I am beginning to like you.
19:22 October 28, 2010 by Swedesmith
I'm blushing.
22:41 October 28, 2010 by bear79
i think its all very sad.i would say there is a lot of problems for any immigrant in sweden,things are not made easy if you are not swedish,and worse if your not white. this may be repeated in many countries not just sweden,but its all kept niceley under the carpet,thats why in other countries you hardly ever here about problems in sweden.unfortunatley there is a hadcore of racecists in sweden,which are very unpleasent.but it is so far,only by the few that prove otherwise.a shame but thats the facts. its the same in many countries,but not so much underground and sinister as here.
01:11 October 29, 2010 by alecLoTh
The psychological profile of past incidents of racially motivated shootings has been that the perp feels society either secretly or overtly 'wants' this - therefore many absolve themselves of guilt, instead feeling it to be sacrifice, patriotism, bravey and so on. These nutters usually appear when a major political swing occurs
16:14 October 29, 2010 by james_g
@ gatorage - full marks for most of that; no problem with immigration per se, but too many too fast can very easily feel like invasion rather than immigration, especially when there is little discrimination (NOT racial discrimination!) applied to those who are allowed in. I don't know that I would go quite so far on the conspiracy theory regarding the 'powers that be' - although there are certainly grounds for suspicion and more than a little cynicism. I also get sick of the indiscriminate tossing round of the terms 'racist' and 'xenophobic' in the direction of anyone who doesn't mindlessly toe the 'PC' party line...
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