Man ‘executed’ in Malmö car park

Police in Malmö are out in force on Wednesday after a man was shot dead by a gunman lying in wait for him in the car park near one of the city's more popular outdoor swimming areas.

Man 'executed' in Malmö car park

“It is rather a gruesome sight. The man is on all fours, it looks like an execution,” witness Tomas Johansson, who arrived on the scene minutes after the shooting, told the TT news agency.

The victim, believed to be in his mid-thirties, was just about to get into a car parked near the Sibbarp campground when he was suddenly shot dead by an unknown perpetrator, who had reportedly been lying in wait for him.

“He was hit by three bullets to the head,” a witness told daily Aftonbladet.

Witnesses stated that the man fell to his knees between two parked cars.

The perpetrator is said to be a twenty-something male, dressed from head to toe in black, according to witnesses.

After the shooting he ran towards the campground. At one point he dropped his weapon, but stopped to pick it up, witnesses reports.

Two areas have been cordoned off by police; one immediately next to the dead man and another about 300 metres away from the body.

A large number of police with dogs are searching for the shooter and a helicopter is circling the area.

Police are also interviewing witnesses on the spot.

“We have about 15 patrol cars on the scene to try to get an idea of what exactly happened. There were quite a lot of people about,” Calle Persson of the local police told the Kvällsposten newspaper.

In addition, police are working to identify the victim and a forensic investigation of the area is being carried out. Police used sniffer-dogs specially trained to find weapons and cartridges.

Britt Strömbäck, the manager of the bathing area, was about 150 metres away from where the man was shot dead.

“I heard three muffled bangs and then suddenly there were police and ambulances on the scene. There was a pre-school group playing a little further away, the sun was shining and everything was peaceful,” Strömbäck said to Kvällsposten.

The police have confirmed that the man died from the gunshots, but are unwilling to disclose how many shots were fired and if they have found any empty cartridges in the vicinity of the body.

“We are close to determining who he is, but we’re not quite there yet, ” said Marie Persson of the local police to reporters during a press conference two hours after the incident occurred.

Four hours after the shooting local police searched a nearby house, but no suspects were apprehended.

“We are not ruling out that there was more than one involved in the crime,” said Calle Persson to Aftonbladet.

The victim was known to the police and they are currently looking into his background for any potential leads to the investigation and a motive for his execution-like demise.

The incident has been classified as murder.

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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.