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Man gunned down in south Stockholm suburb

A 32-year-old man remains in custody after a fatal shooting Saturday night outside of Stockholm. The police have not ruled out the possibility of others being involved in the murder and continue to question the suspect.

Man gunned down in south Stockholm suburb

The detainee is suspected of murder or manslaughter after a 25-year-old man was found shot to death Satruday in a stairwell in Fittja,

“He was arrested on the basis of observations made of him and his behaviour after the crime,” Stefan Färdigs, a spokesperson for Stockholm County police, told the TT news agency.

The victim, a man born in 1984 and known for past crimes, was found at about 4.30pm, according to reports.

When the ambulance arrived at the scene, rescuers immediately began working on him.

“They tried to revive him, but regarded it as useless,” said Färdigs to the TT.

Several empty shells were found in the staircase, suggesting that it was also the scene of the crime.

Authorities would not comment as to how many shots wounded the deceased nor would they provide details about the caliber of the weapon used.

Police officers followed up on witness information from people near the area of the crime scene.

Shortly before 9pm Saturday authorities arrested the 32-year-old man without incident in his Botkyrka home as a suspect for the crime.

“The suspect is known by police,” said Färdigs.

Police knocked on the doors of others in the neighbourhood, looking for witnesses.

The stairwell was cordoned off for forensic examination.

No other suspects have been identified at this time but police do not rule out that there may have been others involved.

Authorities continue to question people in the area.

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ALMEDALEN 2022

Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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