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Malmö shooter tied to more murder attempts

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Malmö shooter tied to more murder attempts
08:39 CEST+02:00
Sweden has added to more cases of attempted murder to the suspicions against a man believed to have carried out a year-long shooting spree targeting immigrants, court officials said Tuesday.

The 39-year-old man identified by Swedish media as Peter Mangs was arrested last November following a series of race-related shootings in the southern city of Malmö.

He is already suspected for three murders and 12 counts of attempted murder in Sweden's third largest city, but prosecutors added two more counts of attempted murder related to shootings on the night of June 26, 2010.

Media have reported that the accused suffers from a form of autism called Asperges Syndrome.

Mangs didn't appear surprised by the court's decision, according to the TT news agency.

Through his lawyer, Christina Brink, Mangs denied committing any of the crimes of which he is suspected.

While an official indictment is scheduled to be filed on September 13th, few expect the investigation to be complete by then.

Detective Börje Sjöholm told reporters that the police investigation of Mangs is time consuming and lengthy, as each crime is being investigated individually.

“New questions come up all the time forcing us to go back through the investigation material and look for answers,” he said, according to TT.

In total, Mangs is suspected of 19 serious crimes, but investigators aren't ruling out the possibility that more shootings may be tied to the 39-year-old.

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