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Stockholm man found shot dead in crashed car

A man shot dead was discovered by police on Tuesday in the southern Stockholm district of Östberga, after a local passer-by reported his car careening into several parked vehicles.

Stockholm man found shot dead in crashed car

”We are pretty sure that the perpetrator meant to target him, that it was not an accident,” Karin Solberg, press spokesperson for the South Stockholm Police told The Local.

The dead body was discovered by a passer-by who alerted the police just before 7am on Tuesday morning. The man saw a car with a smashed-in window and a lifeless body behind the wheel.

”He didn’t want to get too close but kept his distance,” said police inspector Sven-Erik Olsson to daily Aftonbladet.

When police arrived on the scene they quickly established that the man was dead and that he most likely had died from a gunshot which had shattered the side window.

The victim was subsequently identified by the police.

He is a 37-year-old Stockholm resident and so far the police have not been able to find connections to any criminal activities that could have brought on his murder.

”At the moment we are busy trying to get an idea of his past, pinpointing any connections, persons or motives that may have played a part in his killing,” said Solberg.

According to Solberg, police have received a number of tip-offs and are presently busy questioning witnesses resident in the area.

Apart from the statement from the man who discovered the crashed vehicle, police have questioned locals who say that they’ve heard a series of loud bangs earlier in the morning.

Despite not being able to disclose anything further at the present stage in the investigation, Solberg confirmed that the police are working from several theories.

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Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

A man was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night. He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record for most fatal shootings in one year set in 2020 has now been broken.

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

“Unfortunately we can’t say more than that he’s in his twenties and we have no current suspects,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT newswire.

According to police statistics, this most recent deadly shooting means that 48 people have been shot to death in 2022, meaning that Sweden has broken a new record for deadly shootings per year.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s police chief Anders Thornberg said that this number is likely to rise even higher before the end of the year.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record this year,” he told TT on Tuesday. “That means – if it continues at the same pace – around 60 deadly shootings.”

“If it ends up being such a large increase that would be very unusual,” said Manne Gerell, criminiologist at Malmö University.

“We saw a large increase between 2017 and 2018, and we could see the same now, as we’re on such low figures in Sweden. But it’s still worrying that it’s increasing by so much over such a short time period,” he said.

There also seems to be an upwards trend in the number of shootings overall during 2022. 273 shootings had occured by September 1st this year, compared with 344 for the whole of 2021 and 379 for the whole of 2020.

If shootings continue at this rate for the rest of 2022, it is likely that the total number for the year would be higher than 2021 and 2020. There are, however, fewer injuries.

“The majority of shootings cause no injuries, but this year, mortality has increased substantially,” Gerell explained. “There aren’t more people being shot, but when someone is shot, they’re more likely to die.”

Thursday’s shooting took place in Kristianstad, but it’s only partially true that deadly gun violence is becoming more common in smaller cities.

“It’s moved out somewhat to smaller cities, but we’re overexaggerating that effect,” Gerell said. “We’re forgetting that there have been shootings in other small cities in previous years.”

A report from the Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented last spring showed that Sweden, when compared with 22 different countries in Europe, was the only one with an upwards trend for deadly shootings.

Temporary increases can be seen during some years in a few countries, but there were no countries which showed such a clear increase as Sweden has seen for multiple years in a row, according to Brå.

The Swedish upwards trend for deadly gun violence began in the beginning of the 2000s, but the trend took off in 2013 and has continued to increase since.

Eight of ten deadly shootings take place in criminal environments, the study showed. The Swedish increase has taken place in principle only among the 20-29 year old age group.

When police chief Anders Thornberg was asked how the trend can be broken, he said that new recruitments are one of the most important factors.

“The most important thing is to break recruitment, make sure we can listen encrypted and that we can get to the profits of crime in a better way,” he said.

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