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Three arrests over Boxholm murder

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man who was found dead in an apartment in Boxholm, southeast Sweden in the early hours of Saturday.

Three arrests over Boxholm murder

Police were called to the three-storey apartment building around 3.30am on Saturday. They found the dead man in one of the apartments and confirmed that he had likely been murdered.

Police immediately arrested two people inside the apartment building who after questioning were detained on reasonable suspicion of murder or manslaughter.

A third person was first detained in absentia on reasonable suspicion of murder and was later taken in for questioning. A fourth person was also taken in for questioning on Saturday afternoon.

Police spokeswoman Sofia Karlsson said that those involved were over 18 years old and that they knew each other. “We cannot reveal their exact connection,” she said.

The identity of the victim had not been confirmed on Saturday afternoon.

“We have our suspicion as to who it is, but the medical examiner has to complete the identification and relatives must be notified,” said Karlsson.

Residents in neighbouring apartment buildings told local newspaper Östgöta Correspondenten (Corren) that they had not noticed any of the drama on Saturday morning, but said that the building where the dead man was found had been marred by drunkenness and fights.

On Saturday, police conducted a forensic investigation and knocked on doors in the area in search for a murder weapon. Police have also urged members of the public to call in with any tips.

According to the Expressen tabloid two of the detainees are previously known to the police. Karlsson told Expressen that it is not likely that more arrests will be made over the murder.

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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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