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Malmö police hunt 28-year-old over shooting

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 28-year-old man in connection with the shooting of a 31-year-old man in broad daylight on Friday afternoon in central Malmö.

Malmö police hunt 28-year-old over shooting

The 31-year-old was hit three times – in his back, face and leg – and was described as in a critical condition when he was admitted to Skåne University Hospital on Friday.

Malmö police confirmed however on Saturday afternoon that the man’s condition has stabilized and they are hopeful of being able to interview him soon.

There were several witnesses to the shooting which occurred on Bergsgatan close to the busy market square Möllevångstorget shortly before 3pm on Friday afternoon.

The 28-year-old man is suspected of attempted murder and police have searched his apartment and are currently trying to track both him and his car.

Witnesses provided several photos of the man as he fled, clad in black clothing.

The police were unwilling to confirm the basis of their suspicions against the man, who holds no prior criminal record.

“Neither the victim nor the suspect are known criminals. It remains to be investigated why this happened,” said Calle Persson at Skåne police.

Spent cartridges have been recovered from the crime scene and it has been surmised that the weapon used in the shooting was a pistol.

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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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