New shooting in Malmö reported on Saturday

Police in Malmö spent the weekend investigating a shooting that occurred in the city on Friday night, but was not reported until Saturday evening.

New shooting in Malmö reported on Saturday

Three teenage girls born in 1995 reported that they heard gunshots and saw a man with a weapon in the Rosengård neighbourhood some time between 9 and 9.30pm.

Police have found empty shell casing from a loaded weapon at the location.

The three girls reported that they came to Rosengård by bus, got off at a bus stop near central Rosengård.

They then went to a kiosk where they purchased some items and then stood and talked.

They then saw a unknown male run past, heard three shots and later saw a person standing in a bush with a gun in his hand. They did not feel threatened.

Police confirmed the shooting at a press conference in Malmö on Monday morning, but it is not clear whether anyone was hit.

It also emerged at the press conference that two men were arrested for weapons offences at the Triangle shopping center in Malmö on Friday afternoon. One of them had a gun in his posession when he was arrested and he was remanded in custody over the weekend.

It is unclear whether this arrest has any connection with the recent spate of unsolved shootings targeting Malmö residents of immigrant backgrounds.

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Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.