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Four injured in Helsingborg shooting

Four young men were hurt in a shooting in central Helsingborg on Saturday night.

Four injured in Helsingborg shooting
Police closed off a large area of central Helsingborg after the shooting. Photo: Andreas Hillergren/TT
Police received word of the shooting at around 8pm. The incident took place near Gustav Adolf Chuch. 
 
According to the police, the shooting took place outside and responding officers closed off a large area in central Helsingborg. The incident is being investigating as attempted murder.
 
The four individuals were taken to hospital to treat their injuries, but police did not immediately say how badly hurt they were. Broadcaster SVT reported that three of the shooting victims, all young men, were seriously injured while the fourth suffered only minor injuries. 
 
At least one of the individuals involved was also stabbed, police said. 
 
SVT reported that the shooting was gang-related but as of the early Sunday morning hours, police did not confirm that information. 
 
“I have no comment. Four were injured and we will figure out what happened,” police spokesman Fredrik Bratt said. 
 
An eyewitness told SVT that he saw “people screaming and running in all directions” and described the scene as “complete chaos”. 
 
As of early Sunday morning, police had not arrested any suspects. 
 
In recent years, Helsingborg has suffered multiple shooting incidents but police spokesman Rickard Lundqvist was not ready to tie the latest shooting to past events. 
 
“It is far too early to make any conclusions,” he told TT.
 

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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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