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Swedish police hunt 'Halloween mask' killer

TT/Clara Guibourg · 27 Dec 2011, 11:43

Published: 27 Dec 2011 11:43 GMT+01:00

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Several witnesses have told police that the perpetrator wore a rubber mask with the face of an elderly man similar to masks featured in "The Town", said investigative leader J-B Cederholm of the Malmö police.

"We've chosen to go public with the photo [from the film] because it corresponds to what witnesses describe," he told the local Sydsvenskan daily.

"Whether it's exactly alike or not, I can't say."

Some fifteen people were in the café when the shots were fired on Monday evening, and police have interviewed several of these witnesses during the night.

"I was sitting at the table next to the victim. A guy came in with a Halloween mask and a pistol in each hand. He didn't say a word, he just fired, and fired, and fired. A bullet or two hit the floor, and others hit his friends' legs and hands," said a witness to newspaper Aftonbladet.

The 27-year-old victim, who died from his injuries, was sitting at a table playing cards when the masked man entered the café shortly before 8pm on Monday.

Police believe he was the sole target.

"The perpetrator intended to execute this man," said J-B Cederholm to news agency TT.

Two other men were injured in the shooting. One was shot in the leg and the other in the hand.

They weren't in the murdered victim's immediate proximity during the shooting, and told the police that they didn't believe they were targets.

Most likely, the two were hit in the chaos that erupted when the masked man began firing.

There are contradictory reports as to whether the gunman had one or two weapons, but it has been ascertained that many shots were fired.

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The murder likely has no connection to last week's shooting at a café in central Malmö, according to Cederholm.

"We see no connection today between the different murders that have occurred in Malmö this year."

According to Sydsvenskan, both of the other men injured in the attack have ties to criminal gangs in Malmö.

Sunday's killing represents the seventh case of deadly violence in the city with ties to Malmö's criminal gangs, according to the paper.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:07 December 27, 2011 by canuk
This is great news for the reduction of undesirables in malmö!
22:41 December 27, 2011 by jostein
It was not a cafe, it was an illegal club. Sheesh, reading swedish media you end up less informed after the reading than before.
08:45 December 29, 2011 by flintis
3 down, Malmö has a reported crime rate of circa 22,000 per 100,000 inhabitants, so only a few more to go. Rounding up all the low lifes in the area of Norra Grängesbergsgatan & shipping them out would be a start.
16:36 January 4, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
I avoid ever going into Malmo. A mother with a small child in a pram was mugged by three men a couple of days ago.
16:43 January 5, 2012 by azimov
I always wondered where Henning Mankell got ideas for his fictional killers-now I know.
00:06 January 6, 2012 by Mai Bad
What kind of criminal gangbangers do you have?
15:53 January 7, 2012 by Herdinna
It is not just undesirables who disappear from Malmö. I lived 4 years in Southern Malmö between the two worst areas Rosengård and Seved - and observed the fall of the hood. Sometimes when coming home police had closed my street and were questioning everyone as there had been a robbery in the shop next door. Gun shootings were - as you know now - almost a weekly event there and gangs were hanging around on the streets so you were constantly afraid when going out. Who would like to live in a neighborhood like that? Not me - I left Malmö behind last week, and it was so good timing. Now they are killing people every other day there. It's sad. I did not know Sweden could afford a big city like Malmö get so totally ruined. I don't believe it can be ever better. But that is not my headache anymore, I have left the ghetto far behind me.
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