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Man arrested for murder in Malmö shootings

TT/AFP/The Local · 7 Nov 2010, 17:22

Published: 07 Nov 2010 10:08 GMT+01:00
Updated: 07 Nov 2010 17:22 GMT+01:00

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He faces charges for one murder and seven attempted murders. The suspect was charged in absentia in the afternoon and arrested at 6.30pm on Saturday. The man has denied the crimes, according to chief prosecutor Solveig Wollstad.

"It was at 6.30pm in the evening it began. I saw many police with helmets and shields sneaking around. However, they were very discreet," an eyewitness at the arrest near central Malmö told news agency TT on Sunday.

"Everything proceeded calmly and there was no uproar. The police appeared to have a good grip on the situation," the witness added.

Police technicians were also on site.

"They took away many cardboard boxes, bags and other things. It was all over at 8pm," the witness said.

Of the 50 to 60 shootings that have taken place in Malmö last year, police consider about 15 of them as "unaccounted."

One woman was shot to death near Västra Skrävlinge church, while eight others were injured.

Trez Persson, 20, was killed last October when someone fired numerous shots into the car she was sitting in with a friend, a man of immigrant origin, who was seriously injured in the attack. She was the only one who did not have an immigrant background.

At several of the shootings, including the murder, a single large-calibre weapon was used.

Intense media interest greeted the police press conference that began at 1pm on Sunday that was broadcast on public television. Eight to 10 television crews were on site, as well as about 20 journalists, including those representing Danish media.

Wollstad confirmed that she charged a 38-year-old man in absentia on Saturday. After preliminary questioning, police decided to proceed with an arrest in connection with the murder in Malmö in October 2009 and seven attempted murders from October 10th, 2009 to last month.

In October alone, numerous shootings appear linked to the case, including two men shot in the back a week apart as they waited alone in the dark at separate isolated bus stops.

"By noon on Tuesday, I will take a position on whether to demand custody for the man," said Wollstad.

She added that police have made certain findings that strengthen suspicion against him and that further interrogation questioning is ongoing.

What led to suspicion against the man was simply traditional police work, according to Skåne county criminal investigation department superintendent Börje Sjöholm.

"Tips from the public helped spark interest in him," he explained.

Malmö police stopped short of calling the arrest a complete success. The following weeks and perhaps months will be filled with intensive police work.

In addition, the man is only suspected in seven of the nearly 20 shootings that police believe they have no other obvious explanation.

The suspect has only been heard once, on Saturday evening, when he denied the crimes.

The man has a license for two weapons that were found during a home raid.

"The weapons are being examined by the National Laboratory of Forensic Science [Statens kriminaltekniska laboratorium]", said Sjöholm.

When asked why the man had a weapons permit, Sjöholm responded, "I do not want to answer about that. In this case, I do not help to contribute to unmasking the man's identity."

Police work is now intensively focussed on questioning, according to Sjöholm.

"This case is far from solved, but the work on the investigation has just begun," he said.

The police also pointed out that they have continued with preventative work in Malmö through increased visibility.

During the press conference, the police detailed the circumstances behind the arrest at his home on Korsörvägen.

"It proceeded calmly. He was arrested in his home. The man has a Swedish background," said Sjöholm.

Police added he was not previously known to police, but as Dag Andersson of the National Murder Commission pointed out, "At least he is not in our records over the last five years."

The police and Wollstad did not disclose any details about the man's possible motives behind the shootings, saying he is under suspicion for probable cause.

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"I believe that it is probable cause, which strengthens the suspicion," said Wollstad.

The suspect may even have committed unsolved murders dating as far back as 2003.

The announcement has spread panic in the city and the incidents bear a chilling similarity to the case of an immigrant-shooting sniper in Stockholm in the early 1990s nicknamed "Laser Man."

Police also declined to comment on whether fortified police watches suggested that more offenders are under suspicion.

"It is probably a foregone conclusion," said Sjöholm.

The extra security measures include an increased police presence on the streets. When asked whether people of foreign backgrounds are now safe on Malmö's streets, Malmö city police chief Ulf Sempert replied, "We think that it has been so the whole time."

Wollstad did not disclose the suspect's name and refrained from officially linking him to the man Swedish press have dubbed "the new Laser Man."

"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 a rifle equipped with a laser sight, was sentenced to life behind bars in 1994 and remains in prison.

Unlike Ausonius, the Malmö shooter does not appear to use a laser sight rifle, but police say the same gun has been used for several of the shootings, including the attack on the only known ethnic Swedish victim.

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10:26 November 7, 2010 by peno
Can't we have him and dish out some of the pains he has inflicted on some people to him as well? Ah, jungle justice. I hope he is the real suspect. Well done, Malmö police. Keep on making sure everyone feels safe.
11:13 November 7, 2010 by Marley420
To bad Sweden does not have the death penalty. He will probably be sentence to 10-15 years in prision and be let out.
11:24 November 7, 2010 by Ekorrmaskin
Prison and ride the guy around on a cart through malmö every year so we can throw rotten tomatoes and eggs at him!
11:34 November 7, 2010 by Nemesis
Took them long enough.

What happened?

Was there a shortage of pizza in malmö forcing the police to roam the streets?

The guy will probably get a holiday from the courts.
12:35 November 7, 2010 by villjobba
I feel like lynching or hanging someone right now. . .
12:38 November 7, 2010 by calebian22
Come on people! He was arrested on suspicion and you all want to string him up? How about we wait to see if he is actually guilty before he is handed over to the mob.
12:50 November 7, 2010 by Swedesmith
Exactly, Calebian. Look how many suspected terrorists that the police have arrested lately and then let go. Try him, find him guilty and then throw your rotten tomatoes or surströmming or whatever.
13:12 November 7, 2010 by Moodcom
Thanks alot Swedish security organs for getting that torrorist. His days have come to an end.
13:26 November 7, 2010 by calebian22
Not surströmming! The humanity!
14:00 November 7, 2010 by Iraniboy
I hope they have kept the DNA results from one of the victims to prove who is the real attacker. Police has recently had a bad record for arresting suspects!! I also hope it was only one person who did this, otherwise the fear will still remain in Malmö.
14:54 November 7, 2010 by Dave N
Iraniboy - You don't really understand this DNA thing, do you? Or are you really suggesting that the cops can get the murderer's DNA from a bullet they've retrieved from someone who has been shot by him from a distance? As I understand it, there was never any physical contact between the nutter and his victims so where does the DNA come into it?
15:05 November 7, 2010 by Rishonim

Wishful thinking dear old Marley. The Swedish legal system is the softest in the world. Here they reward criminals with a very light sentence. The penalty you are assuming he will get is reserved for tax crimes and crimes against the state. Hence, this scum will probably get 2.5 years
15:47 November 7, 2010 by Sam1
DNA and thats it :-)
15:48 November 7, 2010 by Iraniboy
@Dave N

You don't follow the news, do you? He has had a physical contact with one of his victims. I'm just afraid that we're talking about two guys.
16:06 November 7, 2010 by Sam1
Irani boy@n all the rest..congrats.!!! and thank God !!

Congratulation to every one and thanks to the Police...

and that dumb idiot on Youtube klipa tounge klipa crap You can kiss our ass..

and I do hope the police arrest him for threats to the community (overspeeding)

and being a dumb ass...belittling the cops..and threatning murder online...he should be arrested and deported to his country
16:31 November 7, 2010 by anony1
Please don't judge to fast!
16:50 November 7, 2010 by maakm
why is that so

when a Muslim is arrested media and the police immediately disclose their identity, religion even the country he belongs to for example "Muslim born in Somalia with Swedish citizenship or Pakistani Muslim with UK passport holder"

but if he is not Muslim, nothing is disclosed to the media.Not his name, not his relegion not even his country.

Open your eyes.But the good thing is that he is arrested.
17:25 November 7, 2010 by RobinHood
In Sweden there is a presumption of innocence before conviction. Punishment comes only after then. That does not seem to be the case in the countries where many of the above posters come from. It's quite an unpleasant little lynch mob up above.

Let's all take a deep breath, calm down, and hope that the police have got their man. We will find out in a few months time when the police present their evidence to the court.
17:44 November 7, 2010 by Carnitas

Are you reading the same news as everyone else? Muslims are given very special protection in the media. When a Swede commits a high-profile crime we see pictures, get names, background, everything...the media practically has a party. At any rate, let's see if this is the actual person they were looking for. If so, then it should be VERY interesting to see what his sentence will be.
17:48 November 7, 2010 by Rick Methven
@ maakm

Not really.

It does not matter what the ethnic/religious background an accused has, the identity is not released until after he is convicted. That protects somebody until he is found guilty in a court of law not by the tabloid media.

Of course Carnitas would have you belive that EVERY criminal in Sweden is a Muslim and the powers that be are controlled by Muslims, but as we all know he is just dumb mexican food addict : lol
18:42 November 7, 2010 by Carnitas
@ Rick-

They are overrepresented in every crime statistic there is. You know this. But keep burying your head in the sand about it and your buddies in the SD will double their support (again) in 2014. Funny how TL's biggest racist is calling someone else bigoted. lol.
18:50 November 7, 2010 by Emmaboda
If guilty, leave him in jail to rot. Death penalty is too good for them. They just get a needle and fall asleep, wish I get that the day it's time to leave this earth.
23:04 November 7, 2010 by Sam1

Absolutely right, and if he was a swed in a muslim country the same thing would happen to him, they would say the Swedish murder and ofcourse try to cover up for the native muslims...its just racism!*!! and its every where
00:17 November 8, 2010 by maakm

I agree with you. I don't have the problem with racism. Its in the core of human nature. But the thing that annoys me that ppl don't accept it. They always say that we are not racist and we believe in equality. If one is racist then he should has a courage to accept it.
00:44 November 8, 2010 by Jampo
I work distributing newspapers, as a (tidningensbärarna) here Korsörvägen in Malmö, the murder suspected house, after the midnight almost every night, isn't that too scary, hell I must resign that kind of job.
00:45 November 8, 2010 by tin tin
To all those who previously in these forums presumed that this guy was an immigrant ... well well well lets wait and see if his guilty!
02:43 November 8, 2010 by StockholmSam
That chick in the photo is totally hawt!
07:55 November 8, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
Here I go again huh?

-The woman in the car was shot in the head, intent to kill.(unknown person to police)

-The man in the car was shot in the head, intent to kill. (known person to police)


-This shooter is a member or a hired hand for a drug gang. The man in the car is a member too, had a relationship with a Swedish woman.

The gang suspects the man will spill the beans to his girlfriend or to the police, so they need to get killed. Maybe even some rumour going on that the shot man wants out. ---->So shoot them, execution-style, in the head.

-Next frighten the local populus shi*tless so they won´t go to the police incase they happen to hear something.----> shoot a few blacks an Iraqis at bus stops etc.

-Shoot random so It seems racial and people connect it to SD.
08:51 November 8, 2010 by izbz
Iraniboy has been watching too much CSI, got himself cofused with DNA. Maybe the shooter licked his bullets before he should. Guilty or not we are not sure but really hope this terroring is over. People in Malmo can be in peace. Too much copycats around, can't anyone be original?
11:48 November 8, 2010 by marianne667
I do hope the cops have the right person this time. The Swedish police are not the sharpest knives in the drawer. Perhaps smart people do not want to be cops?
11:56 November 8, 2010 by freecommentator
The odd thing in all that is that the police chief in Malmö said that people there were "safe all the time", in spite of the shootings. Of course, the only risk was someone being shot in the head, a minor fact in his opinion. Amazing!!! This is the Swedish police?
12:01 November 8, 2010 by unforgiven
I agree with "RobinHood", let's just wait and see what happens. I hope this is the guy but who knows! maybe it's just a mistake.
16:55 November 8, 2010 by B-dogg.
@Maakm. Ironic but not surprising considering super sensitivity of the average muslim, that you wouldn't have noticed criminals apprehended in this country have their personal profiles masked out with black silhouette images based on native Europeans' features - irregardless of actual ethnicity/religion. If police are looking for suspects even serious crime, media reveal only minor details alluding to ethnicity/religion - even if it means apprehending criminals would be faster. Case in point - Baby Face - serial sex attacker was described in media as 170 long, black hair, speaks good Swedish. Never as far as I am aware of has his actual ethnicity/religion been disclosed. By contrast Swedish natives are celebrated when they're criminals by Swedish media. I bet this guy will get his face splattered all over the papers - BUT only if he's a native.
09:52 November 10, 2010 by contactmagic
maakm & rick Methven

I do believe that this suspect has now had his face and details plastered all over Swedish media, even though he is still just a suspect.

Not often you see that happen right? A couple days after finding a suspect.

I heard that it is up to the media source itself. Don't quote me on that but DN has not yet shown his picture.

I find it rather odd that maakm is of the opinion that 'immigrants' are publicised more in the media when I am of quite the opposite opinion. Following my observations, it is a rarity when these details are specified, especially in cases involving immigrants.

It baffles me that I can have it so very wrong? Sometimes I feel alone in having these opinions about the Swedish media. Are people afraid to make such claims? It is a debate that, many must be aware, needs to be confronted. Particularly in 'equal rights' Sweden.
19:08 November 10, 2010 by Iraniboy
He is no longer s suspect. At least in one of the shooting the matching of bullet and gun is proved. Besides the guy who was directly attacked by the man also confirmed it.

It's funny those who say he is suspect and his identity shouldn't be identified, were not believing so when those three Syrian man and Pakistani guy were arrested for plotting a bomb attack!! which turned to be untrue accusations!!
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