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Man arrested after Swedish pizzeria shooting

A 19-year-old man has been arrested after two people were injured during a shooting at a pizzeria in the Flogsta neighbourhood in Uppsala.

Man arrested after Swedish pizzeria shooting
File photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The man gave himself in to police voluntarily and was placed under arrest on Saturday night, reports TT.

“One person was arrested during the afternoon. The 19-year-old man came to police of his own volition,” police spokesperson Lisa Sannervik said.

Sannervik confirmed that the man was suspected of two counts of attempted murder, but did not go into detail regarding why he had chosen to turn himself in.

“That is something we will speak to him about and are therefore keeping it to ourselves,” she said.

The shooting was reported to police at around 9pm on Friday, after which both of the injured men were taken to hospital. One of the men subsequently received surgical treatment.

Sannervik said on Saturday that police investigations into the incident were ongoing.

“Forensic examination of the scene will continue and we will conduct interviews with the injured parties,” she said.

Up to 30 customers are reported to have witnessed the incident at the pizzeria.

A man is reported to have entered the fast food establishment alone before firing several shots and running from the scene.

Police despatched a helicopter as part of an effort to locate the suspect.

The shooting is being treated as part of a crime-connected conflict, reports TT.

But at least one of the two injured men is not connected to that conflict and was hit by mistake, according to a report by local media Upsala Nya Tidning. The man, a student from the Netherlands, is reported not to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

The two injured men are both in their twenties and do not know each other, police said.

The shooting is not the first violent incident of its kind this weekend.

Also on Friday, two men were shot in the Närlunda neighbourhood in Helsingborg. Both were previously known to police.

A 23-year-old man lost his life in that incident, police spokesperson Fredrik Bratt told TT on Friday. No arrests have been reported at the time of writing.

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Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

A man was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night. He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record for most fatal shootings in one year set in 2020 has now been broken.

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

“Unfortunately we can’t say more than that he’s in his twenties and we have no current suspects,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT newswire.

According to police statistics, this most recent deadly shooting means that 48 people have been shot to death in 2022, meaning that Sweden has broken a new record for deadly shootings per year.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s police chief Anders Thornberg said that this number is likely to rise even higher before the end of the year.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record this year,” he told TT on Tuesday. “That means – if it continues at the same pace – around 60 deadly shootings.”

“If it ends up being such a large increase that would be very unusual,” said Manne Gerell, criminiologist at Malmö University.

“We saw a large increase between 2017 and 2018, and we could see the same now, as we’re on such low figures in Sweden. But it’s still worrying that it’s increasing by so much over such a short time period,” he said.

There also seems to be an upwards trend in the number of shootings overall during 2022. 273 shootings had occured by September 1st this year, compared with 344 for the whole of 2021 and 379 for the whole of 2020.

If shootings continue at this rate for the rest of 2022, it is likely that the total number for the year would be higher than 2021 and 2020. There are, however, fewer injuries.

“The majority of shootings cause no injuries, but this year, mortality has increased substantially,” Gerell explained. “There aren’t more people being shot, but when someone is shot, they’re more likely to die.”

Thursday’s shooting took place in Kristianstad, but it’s only partially true that deadly gun violence is becoming more common in smaller cities.

“It’s moved out somewhat to smaller cities, but we’re overexaggerating that effect,” Gerell said. “We’re forgetting that there have been shootings in other small cities in previous years.”

A report from the Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented last spring showed that Sweden, when compared with 22 different countries in Europe, was the only one with an upwards trend for deadly shootings.

Temporary increases can be seen during some years in a few countries, but there were no countries which showed such a clear increase as Sweden has seen for multiple years in a row, according to Brå.

The Swedish upwards trend for deadly gun violence began in the beginning of the 2000s, but the trend took off in 2013 and has continued to increase since.

Eight of ten deadly shootings take place in criminal environments, the study showed. The Swedish increase has taken place in principle only among the 20-29 year old age group.

When police chief Anders Thornberg was asked how the trend can be broken, he said that new recruitments are one of the most important factors.

“The most important thing is to break recruitment, make sure we can listen encrypted and that we can get to the profits of crime in a better way,” he said.

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