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Man shot dead near neighbourhood bike path

A 27-year-old man was shot and killed in a residential area in Falkenberg, about 100 kilometres south of Gothenburg in southwestern Sweden, late Monday night.

Man shot dead near neighbourhood bike path

Police received reports of gunfire around 11.30pm and arrived to the Falkagård neighbourhood to find a man with gunshot wounds lying by the side of a bike path adjacent to Solhagavägen.

“Several shots were fired in this neighbourhood,” Halland County police spokesman Lars Grimbeck told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The victim, who also resided in the area, was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police have classified the deadly shooting as murder. So far, however, no one has been arrested and there are no suspects, Grimbeck told the TT news agency.

“We have some information from witnesses. We’re going to interview them again, but we need more (witnesses) and hope we can make contact with others who saw or heard something before or after the murder,” he said.

The area around where the 27-year-old was found has been cordoned off and forensic investigators are examining the area.

According to police, the victim has no criminal record and police were unwilling to comment on whether the shooting may have been gang related.

“I don’t want to speculate about a motive. The investigation must proceed before we can get into details.” Grimbeck told the Expressen newspaper.

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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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