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Three arrested after man shot in Luleå

Three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting of a man in Luleå, northern Sweden on Sunday.

Three arrested after man shot in Luleå
File photo of a Swedish police car: Johan Nilsson / TT

The scene will remain closed off throughout Monday, leading to road diversions in the area and a school with almost 400 students being shut for the day.

One of the suspects was arrested shortly after the shooting, which took place around 9 pm on Sunday, and police arrested two further suspects during the night. “Those involved were previously known to police,” a statement from the local police force said.

The injured man was taken to hospital for treatment.

“Two shots were heard. A man was lying shot in the hip by the entrance to [supermarket] Ica,” a reporter for Swedish news site NSD said.

The incident took place in the residential district of Hertsön, northeast of Luleå's centre.

Official figures show that while deadly violence has decreased in Sweden compared to the 1990s, the number of gun deaths appears to be on the rise.

READ ALSO: In figures: 2017's shootings in Sweden

 

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ALMEDALEN 2022

Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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