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Man shot dead in Malmö

A 55-year-old man was shot in the head while renovating a café in central Malmö on Tuesday afternoon.

Man shot dead in Malmö

Officers were alerted of the shooting shortly after 1pm.

“The incident had taken place just before that,” said Marie Persson of the county police to news agency TT.

The police quickly arrived on the scene, secured the premises and let emergency services in to try to save the man’s life.

He was taken by ambulance to the Skåne University hospital, where his condition was judged to be life threatening. He died later during the evening.

According to witness statements, two men had entered the café, which two others were refurbishing, when some sort of dispute ensued.

“One of the men then pulls out a gun and shoots the workman in the head,” said police officer Thomas Paulsson to Sveriges Television (SVT).

After the shooting, the two men quickly exited the shop, leaving the bleeding victim and his severely shocked 30-year-old colleague, who managed to get help alerting police.

“He came running in here saying his friend had been shot, wanting me to call the police,” one witness told local paper Sydsvenskan.

“I thought he was joking at first but he took a deep breath and I realized that he must be serious. I closed the door and called the police.”

According to Sydsvenskan, the victim was not previously known to the police.

However, one of the owners of the café is said to be a 40-year-old former member of the disbanded Lion Family gang, which operated in the area in 2009 and 2010.

Police have yet to make any arrests in connection to the shooting.

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HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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