Gothenburg shootings surge in two years

Gothenburg shootings surge in two years
After a man was shot dead through his kitchen window in Gothenburg this weekend, local police said easier access to weapons has lead to one shooting a week in the western Sweden city.

“It’s been really easy for criminals to get their hands on weapons and they don’t hesitate to use them,” Erik Nord of the Västra Götaland police told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper (DN).

DN reported that for the past two years, Sweden’s second largest city has seen on average one shooting a week.

In the weekend’s shooting, two men were hit through a kitchen window, killing one, injuring the other. DN reported that both men were already known to the police.

The paper reported that many nearby residents were willing to talk of the incident, but refused to give their names.

Between 2006 and 2010, there were on average 33 shootings per year. Since 2011, however, there have been 51 and 52 shootings per year respectively.

This year has seen 15 shootings in Gothenburg so far.

Almost half of the shootings between 2010 and 2011 were gang related, according to police.

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