Swedish police make arrests after new Malmö shooting

Swedish police make arrests after new Malmö shooting
Police at the scene of Thursday's shooting in Malmö. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
A 24-year-old man was shot dead in Malmö’s Lindängen district on Thursday evening, three days after a shooting resulted in three deaths in the centre of the city.

A number of people were arrested later on Thursday night in connection with the shooting.

Police were informed of the latest violent incident in Sweden’s third-largest city just after 10pm on Thursday, news agency TT reports.

An injured man was taken to Skåne University Hospital in a private vehicle but police confirmed just before 1am that he had died.

“More than one person has been detained in connection with the shooting yesterday evening. We will not be giving further information as to the nature of the suspicions against them at the current time,” police spokesperson Anna Göransson said on Friday.

“Investigations are ongoing in Malmö, but I cannot go into further detail currently,” she added.

An area around the crime scene was temporarily closed off by police on Thursday night and a car was examined and then taken away.

Forensic experts also examined on Thursday night a moped found at the scene of the crime. Police declined to confirm whether it had been used by potential suspects.

“I cannot comment on anything found within the closed-off area [around the crime scene],” police spokesperson Fredrik Blatt said.

The shooting is being treated as an isolated incident and as such a separate crime from any others being investigated.

On Monday this week, three people were killed and a further three injured in a shooting on the Drottninggatan street in central Malmö. The men who died were 19, 27 and 29 years old and were linked to gangs and engaged in serious organised crime, police have said, adding that revenge actions were a possibility.

But police have so far declined to comment on any possible connection between the two shooting incidents.

“That is obviously something we are looking at, but it is too soon to confirm whether that is the case,” Göransson said.

“There are investigations into murder related to both incidents and and those investigations are occurring in parallel,” she added.

Malmö chief of police Stefan Sintéus said after Monday’s shooting that it was connected to a conflict between gangs that had been ongoing for up to a year. Three or four various conflicts currently exist in Malmö, Sintéus said.

“Incidents of this type always carry a risk of some form of revenge action,” he said at a press conference earlier this week.

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