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More police join Malmö immigrant gunman hunt

AFP/The Local · 29 Oct 2010, 15:51

Published: 29 Oct 2010 15:51 GMT+02:00

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Other reinforcements could follow, Ulf Semper said in a statement.

"We have been promised by the head of the criminal police that all our needs in terms of staff will be satisfied," he said.

The extra forces were drafted from the Skåne region surrounding Malmö in the southernmost part of Sweden.

Panic has spread in the city since police announced last week they were investigating whether a lone shooter with racist motives was behind some 15 attacks, killing one person and injuring many others and may even have committed unsolved murders dating as far back as 2003.

Police have set up a special task force and profiling unit to deal with the case, but Sempert said the inquiry could take weeks or months.

According to a preliminary profile, the shooter is believed to be a man aged 20 to 40 who probably uses some mode of transport, perhaps a bicycle, to flee the scenes of his attacks.

The recent incidents bear a chilling similarity to the case of an immigrant-shooting sniper in Stockholm in the early 1990s and the Swedish press has quickly dubbed the Malmö shooter "the new Laser Man."

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

Ausonius, who got his nickname by initially using rifle equipped with a laser sight, was sentenced to life behind bars in 1994 and remains in prison.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:16 October 29, 2010 by Sam1
Ok i'm the only one commenting means people dont give a rats crap bout this psycho n treating racism like a trash can ignored it..good work ppl sorry to comment i know these racist dont deserve the drama..
16:36 October 29, 2010 by villjobba
they are just suddenly scared and cowardly when it comes to articles really worth commenting...
17:22 October 29, 2010 by Viola1d
I really hope they find this person soon. Know one should have to live in fear for any reason. This is really sad.
17:42 October 29, 2010 by bbryan29
ok folks im brian in america and i have been following this,

you need to look for a middle aged man 41-53 years of age, white grayish hair who is somewhat heavy set, this man will have lost his job to an immigrant and is now upset for that, focus on this and you will find your crazy guy.


american who loves sweden

17:49 October 29, 2010 by cowboykodp
I bet he is hiding out in Adolf Åkesson's basement.
18:34 October 29, 2010 by moreanon
There is a group being stigmatised by this and similar stories: people who don't have an immigrant appearance, especially those who support the Sweden Democrats. That's a form of racism too.
19:17 October 29, 2010 by RadioBob
@moreanon: Since when is condemning racist-tendencies and behavior racist? Get a grip and try to stay on-topic here.
19:50 October 29, 2010 by miss79
well sweden is changing alot now..like or not , accept it..
21:04 October 29, 2010 by cowboykodp

You wouldn't happened to be married to Åkesson? Would you?

Thats ok, I guess you prefer girly men. Little like SALANDER???
21:08 October 29, 2010 by peno
I think the presence of the police should be more visible than what we are seeing now. They are all sitting in the cars and that to me seems like this is not a priority to the police. I also think the police press conference should have a serious look about it than the casual approach in which the whole thing is done. I look at the body language during the conferences and it is all as if this whole thing is of not much significance.
21:34 October 29, 2010 by know
If its difficult to hunt the gunman maybe he is an immigrant or maybe a psycho truck driver or a mystery.
21:35 October 29, 2010 by star10
Should they tell everything they do to the public. I mean they are telling the killer what their strategy is. I guess these police are too naive to capture the man.
21:52 October 29, 2010 by Nemesis
The increase in pizza sales in malmö from extra police officers maybe a welcome boost to the Malmö economy.
22:03 October 29, 2010 by Sam1
Look People if I have not Seen that Police neglects immigrant death and damage I would have said The police was great...No I bet you if one Swed was hurt the police would take things very seriously..

I had fight and was attacked by racists police caught them but then said I had no proof..they sent a paper I had no proof!!! HELLO police caught them in action and I had no proof...Cool so there is racism!!!
22:40 October 29, 2010 by aaww
swedes, find the freaking root cause!!!

even if you caught this gunman, there might be new gunman showing up, think about why did this happen?
00:53 October 30, 2010 by jbat
This is a waste of taxpayers money... let those gunmans do whatever they want to do.. from : The RACIST! (this is what you want huh!)
01:29 October 30, 2010 by Revenge
I hope immigrants catch this guy before police.
04:00 October 30, 2010 by Carnitas
10:11 October 30, 2010 by know

If we let gunmans do whatever they want to do maybe they hunt you in the next time or maybe they will hunt taxpayers because they didn´t got a job or any work to do. There is unemployment in sweden if you don´t know.
10:25 October 30, 2010 by miss79

whats got to do with me and åkesson?besides i am not intrested of him..i am just typing the truth..everything is changing..u cant blame on åkesson for the rest of 4 years..
13:07 October 30, 2010 by rafa1981
I don´t agree with this kind of crimes, but obviously this situation of fear is a media created one, statistically, being an immigrant in Malmö the probability of being killed or injured by this man is near 0, but there are articles reminding you that every day, on TV and newspapers the alarms are set, they are obligated to think about it three or four times a day.

Also publishing things like that are counterproductive if the intention is to get the killer because:

-The killer will think OK, they have sent reinforcements, I will stop for two weeks and meanwhile I will try to search safe places to kill.

-The regular people will think: Oh there is police everywere trying to protect us, we are in danger.

So the intention is very clear, being my father a policeman with more or less high rank, believe me that when the real intention is to get someone there is not a single word for the press or false information, here the only intention is to spread fear disguised of extra security.

Of course media won´t let pass the chance to link people like that one to Åkesson, but what scares me more is that the same media that claims peace is contributing to create a hate scenario between immigrants vs non-immigrants.
15:03 October 30, 2010 by giltedged
The police will have a hard time looking after the huge numbers of Muslims in Sweden whom I'm told are increasing by four plane-loads every day, besides the phenominal number of births which the clever stay-at-home Muslim immigrant mothers have.

As the politicians said " Treat the immigrants nicely so that when the Swedes become a small minority - in Sweden - the Muslims will treat them as well as they treat the Infidels in Sudan, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia " So I suppose the Swedish police or should I say the Swedish pigs (I understand that the Muslim immigrants forced the police to daub that word on their cars) should drop everything and try to capture this man
15:53 October 30, 2010 by hisham
Its act of terror, the aim is to terrorize the people .. The gunman and his organisation are terrorist
18:29 October 30, 2010 by Carnitas
This is great news! If Malmö can provide more police officer to look for the gunman, that means they can also provide more police to crack down and eliminate the violent gangs of Malmö! Right???
18:40 October 30, 2010 by calebian22

Your rant against the police is ridiculous. They are the good guys. Besides, the Local has reported that the one person killed by this shooter was a Swede.
19:19 October 30, 2010 by Revenge
In the name of talking about this shooter, the true feelings are being shown, I am sure Sweden is not a safe place for immigrants to be in even if police catch this psycho.
22:04 October 30, 2010 by BCR
"the shooter is believed to be a man aged 20 to 40 who probably uses some mode of transport, perhaps a bicycle, to flee the scenes of his attacks."

Ahh, the Swedish police clearly have this case in the bag...
10:36 November 1, 2010 by Alf Garnett
@Revenge: 25/1 odds that it's an immigrant doing the shooting.
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