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One arrest after man shot dead in Stockholm car chase

A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a 30-year-old man who was shot dead during a car chase in Stockholm on Monday.

One arrest after man shot dead in Stockholm car chase
Police pictured by a burnt car found near the scene of the shooting. Photo: Jessica Gow / TT

The suspect was arrested in Sigtuna, north of the capital, a police statement said on Monday evening. According to Aftonbladet, the arrest took place at Arlanda Airport which is located in the Sigtuna municipality.

Around midday on Monday, police were alerted to reports of shooting in Bromma in western Stockholm. When they arrived, they found a man injured by gunshots in a badly damaged car, which had crashed. The man was reported dead at 2 pm.

“There seems to have been a lot of shooting. A large number of shots were fired,” said Lars Byström, a press officer for Stockholm Police.

The shooting is thought to have taken place along a long stretch of the same street, and the facades of several houses were hit by bullets, he added. However, there is currently no indication that anyone else was injured.

READ ALSO: Why Sweden has more fatal shootings per capita than Norway and Germany

One eyewitness told Aftonbladet that the shooter leaned out of the window of another car and shot, though police could not confirm this information.

In their statement, police said: “In view of the sensitive nature of the investigation, no further information will be given.”

Eva Flodin, who runs an Ica grocery store near the scene of the shooting, told the TT newswire she heard at least ten to 15 shots.

“I heard the shooting, but I thought it was fireworks,” she said.

Shortly after the shooting, a burning car was found at nearby bathing spot Ängbybadet, and Byström said it was “quite likely that there is a connection” between this car and the shooting.

READ ALSO: So, are they no-go zones? What you need to know about Stockholm's vulnerable areas

 

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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