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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Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

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According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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