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Woman shot dead in central Malmö

A 39-year-old woman was found shot dead in a car in central Malmö on Sunday evening after witnesses reported hearing "pops" in the area.

Woman shot dead in central Malmö

Police and emergency services arrived at the intersection of John Ericssons gata and Falkmansgatan after receiving a call shortly after 8pm about what was believed to be a dead woman sitting in car.

Witnesses reported hearing “pops” in the area and police were able to confirm upon arrival that the woman had lost her life.

“She has likely died from gunshot wounds,” Skåne police spokesperson Nils Norling told the TT news agency.

However, he refused to say how many shots had been fired.

Police have classified the incident as murder or with an alternative charge of manslaughter.

The car was found at an intersection located near Pildammsparken and police cordoned off much of the area as they launched their investigation into the killing.

Forensic specialists began combing the scene on Sunday night and weapon-sniffing dogs were also brought it as a part of the investigation.

However, the search failed to turn up a weapon or any shell casings.

While the woman’s identity has yet to be confirmed, police suspect it is the 39-year-old woman who is the registered owner of the vehicle in which she was found.

Shortly before 2am on Monday a 44-year-old man was detained on suspicion of murder.

“At the moment, it looks like it was some sort of family drama,” duty officer Martin Carlsson of the Skåne police told TT.

The man later admitted to having caused the woman’s death.

“He has confessed to having shot the 39-year-old woman,” said Börje Aronsson of the local police to TT on Monday afternoon.

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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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