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CRIME

Man shot dead in Stockholm ‘execution’

A 32-year-old man has been shot dead in his car in Stockholm, with witnesses describing the attack as a brutal killing.

Man shot dead in Stockholm 'execution'
Police examine the shattered window of the Audi car after a man was shot dead in Sollentuna on November 25th 2014. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer /TT

The man was gunned down on Tuesday evening in the Sollentuna suburb. Witnesses described how a luxury Mercedes car pulled up alongside another car and the driver fired several shots from close range. 

"It was a pure execution," a local resident who witnessed the murder told the Aftonbladet newspaper. The witness said that between seven and eight shots were fired in the attack.

Police and emergency services arrived quickly on the scene and found the 32-year-old man slumped in his car. He later died of his injuries.

The authorities believe the killing may be connected with two other recent murders carried out in Stockholm. Newspaper Aftonbladet reported that the victim's name has cropped up in several police investigations over the course of the past year.

Police have opened a murder inquiry and have questioned four people in connection with the incident. Two of those were still being questioned into the early hours of Wednesday morning but were subsequently released. 

"It is two people who were brought in for questioning after being stopped near the site. That does not mean they are suspects," Lars Byström, Stockholm police's press spokesperson, told the TT news agency.

Several witnesses have also come forward and the attack has been classified as murder by police.  

Police have yet to arrest a suspect but have managed to recover the vehicle believed to have been used in the shooting. 

"The car has been impounded and will now be examined by a technician," Byström added. 

TT/The Local/pr

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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