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Man gunned down in south Stockholm suburb

A 35-year-old man was shot dead in the south Stockholm suburb of Enskede on Wednesday night, with the suspected assailants fleeing the scene on a scooter.

Police received reports of several shots being fired on Nynäsvägen in Enskede around 10pm on Wednesday night.

According to police, the victim had just stepped out of his car at a gravel parking area when the two assailants approached him on a scooter.

“One stepped off the scooter and went up to the victim and fired several shots while the other waited. Then they both disappeared from the scene on the scooter,” Lars Burman of the Söderort police told the TT news agency.

One witness told the Aftonbladet newspaper how panic ensued among those who witnessed the shooting.

“People were screaming and I threw myself to the ground,” the witness said.

Another witness reported hearing an argument followed by four quickly fired shots.

“The man was left lying on the ground and then two people went over and tried to revive him,” the witness told the paper.

A burned-up scooter was later found by police on Skrinvägen in the nearby suburb of Gubbängen.

“The assailants changed to a car which was later found in Rågsved,” said Burman, referring to another adjoining suburb south of Stockholm.

The 35-year-old man who died from the gunshot wounds has no prior criminal record and police weren’t aware of any threats against the man, according to Jenny Svedholm of the Stockholm police.

Several bystanders witnessed the shooting and police are now going collecting evidence and witness statements.

“There are a lot of people working on this down at the station and many who are out in the field. I can’t say exactly how many,” said Burman.

As of early Thursday morning, no arrests had been made for the fatal shooting.

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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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