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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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Swedish terror attacker sentenced to forced psychiatric care

A court has sentenced the far-right extremist Theodor Engström to forced psychiatric care for the knife attack he carried out at the Almedalen political festival this summer.

Swedish terror attacker sentenced to forced psychiatric care

The Gotland district court found the 33-year-old Engström guilty of murdering the psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren, but did not agree that the murder counted as a terror attack.

It did find him guilty, however, of “planning a terror attack”, for his preparations to murder the Centre Party’s leader, Annie Lööf. 

“The murdered woman had a significant role [in society], a murder is always serious, and this had consequences both for Almedalen Week and for society more broadly,” the judge Per Sundberg, said at a press conference. 

The judge Per Sundberg announces the sentence on Theodor Engström on December 6th. Photo: Karl Melander/TT

But he said that the court judged that Sweden’s terror legislation was too restrictively drafted for her murder to count as a terror offence. 

“Despite Ing-Marie Wieselgren’s well-attested position within psychiatry, the court considers that her position as national coordinator at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions is not such that her murder can in itself be considered to have damaged Sweden. The act cannot as a result be classified as a terrorist crime on those grounds.” 

The court ruled that Engström’s crimes deserved Sweden’s most severe sentence, a life sentence in prison, but found that due to his disturbed mental state he should instead receive “psychiatric care with a special test for release”. 

In its judgement, the court said that an examination by forensic psychiatrists had found both that there were “medical reasons” why Engström should be transferred into a closed psychiatric facility and that “his insight into the meaning of his actions and his ability to adjust his actions according to such insight were at the very least severely diminished”. 

It said that under Swedish law, a court could send someone to prison who was in need of psychiatric care only if there were “special reasons” to do so. 

“The court considers that it has not been shown that Theodor Engström’s need of psychiatric care is so limited that there is a special reason for a prison sentence,” it ruled. 

Lööf wrote on Instagram that the judgement was “a relief”. 

“For me personally, it was a relief when the judgement came,” she wrote. “Engström has also been judged guilty of ‘preparation for a terror attack through preparation for murder’. This means that the the court is taking the threat towards democracy and towards politicians as extremely serious.”

The fact that the court has decided that Engström’s care should have a “special test for release” means that he cannot be discharged from the closed psychiatric hospital or ward where he is treated without a court decision. 

The court must rule both that the mental disorder that led to the crime has abated to the extent that there is no risk of further crimes, and that he has no other mental disorders that might require compulsory psychiatric care. The care has to be reassessed every six months. 

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