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Midday shootout rattles central Stockholm

Police in Stockholm exchanged gunfire with a gang of thieves who robbed a jewellery store in central Stockholm on Tuesday afternoon, sending shocked bystanders rushing for cover.

Midday shootout rattles central Stockholm

“At first I thought it was firecrackers, but when I looked outside I saw police with machine guns and shields over their faces. Everyone ran for cover,” eye witness Mats Wiksten told the Expressen newspaper.

“There was a group of school children who had just left school who ran like crazy.”

According to the police, officers responding to the call about the robbery were fired upon and opened fire in return, unleashing a total of 16 shots.

Following the exchange of gunfire, police arrested three people suspected of having robbed a jewellery store in Stockholm’s Östermalm district.

There were no reports of injuries as a result of the shootout.

“We’re looking around the area to make sure that no one was hurt,” police spokesperson Ulf Lindgren told the TT news agency.

“When officers arrived the perpetrators were still there and just about to make their getaway.”

Suddenly, the robbers opened fire, prompting police to shoot back.

Eleven of the shots fired by police ended up going through the window of the nearby Metropolis gym on Birger Jarlsgatan.

“We had guardian angels,” gym owner Per Althini told Expressen.

He explained how patrons and staff at the gym threw themselves to the ground as bullets came crashing through the gym’s windows.

“If the girl at the reception had been ten centimetres to the right, she would have been hit,” he said.

Fortunately, no one was using the treadmill or rowing machine located just inside the bullet-ridden window.

“When you stand here and look at all the bullet holes at such heights…if someone had been standing in the wrong place, it wouldn’t have been fun,” Althini told the newspaper.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish). 

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