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Malmö sees four shooting incidents in 24 hours

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Malmö sees four shooting incidents in 24 hours
Bullet holes in the window of an apartment in Vougts Väg in Malmö's Rosengård district. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
16:38 CET+01:00
Malmö's tit-for-tat gang war looks to have flared into life again with four shootings in less than 24 hours and one young man left seriously wounded.
The violence broke out at shortly before 2am on Thursday night when a 20-year-old man was shot in the back at the Mobilia shopping centre near the town centre. He is now being treated in hospital for serious but not life-threatening injuries. 
 
The next day shots were fired at apartments in the districts of Fosie, Ärtholmen and Rosengård, none of which left anyone injured. 
 
"It's too early to say if they are connected, because we are working so hard this week, because we have had the explosions, and now we have had the shootings," said Ewa-Gun Westford, spokesman for the police in southern Sweden, told The Local. 
 
The shootings came less than a week after a building in Gullvik, a leafy suburb of detached houses, was riddled with bullets last Sunday. Earlier last week, explosive devices went off outside two driving schools in the city.  
 
 
"We don't think there is any connections to the shootings last weekend, we can't see anything, but it is rather early in the investigations," Westford said. 
 
According to the latest official police statistics, published in July 16, the number of recorded shots fired in Malmö has declined this year, with 18 in the first seven months of the year, compared to 43 and 30 over the same period in 2017 and 2016 respectively. 
 
But judged by the Malmö police's press releases, the rate of shootings has since picked up, with seven this month, two in October and five in September. 
 
The city in October launched a new 'Sluta Skjut', or 'Stop Shooting', programme, which builds on the Group Violence Intervention (GVI) strategy used with good results in many US cities. 
 
Eleven young men have been killed in shootings in Malmö so far this year, and 26 since 2016. 
 
 
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