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Police hunt suspected gunman, 22, in Malmö

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Police hunt suspected gunman, 22, in Malmö
Rosengård Centrum. Photo: Simon Paulin/SvD/TT
11:49 CEST+02:00
Malmö police are looking for a 22-year-old suspect in connection with a shooting at a shopping centre in Rosengård.

The man is suspected of shooting another man at the Rosengård Centrum mall in southern Malmö yesterday afternoon. He has been formally detained in absentia.

"He is wanted and we're looking for him," police spokesperson Ewa-Gun Westford told regional newspaper Sydsvenskan.

Several police patrols were called to the centre shortly after 4pm on Tuesday, after a man in his thirties was shot in the leg and taken to hospital. His injuries are understood to be non-life threatening.

It was reported that the gunman, who fled the scene on foot, had been involved in a brawl with the victim and a number of other people. Both men were previously known to police.

Police initially cordoned off the shopping mall, which houses several shops, restaurants and a major supermarket, and did not allow shoppers to leave. The cordons were lifted an hour later.

"We immediately allocated large resources to this," said Westford.

The shooting is being investigated as attempted murder, alternatively aggravated assault.

Police have strongly denied reports in several international media outlets attempting to link it to suspected terror attacks in France and Germany

Malmö, including its Rosengård district, regularly hits the headlines over gun crime, much of it believed to be gang-related. Last summer, police stepped up their presence in the area following a spate of grenade attacks.

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