In what appears to be a battle between criminal gangs, a shootout occurred outside Stockholm on Monday, killing two people and injuring two others, police say. In the shooting in Farsta, a suburb south of Sweden’s capital, two people were killed: a youth and an unnamed adult from another country. After some time, two men in their twenties were arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. At around six o’clock (1600 GMT) on Saturday evening, a person armed with an automatic rifle opened fire just outside the entrance to a metro station, hitting four people. The first victim, a 15-year-old child, died immediately after the incident, while the second victim, a 43-year-old adult male, died some time later.
On Sunday, Justice Minister Gunnar Strommer said police believe a total of 21 bullets were fired in the incident, and he called the shooting an act of “domestic terrorism”. A woman in her 60s who had just finished unlocking her bike was among those injured. She reported to the Swedish public radio station that she thought she heard about five gunshots. She told SR, “Oh, I was shot in the knee”, and added that she was bleeding, took refuge behind a wall and called the others for help. “Oh, I was shot in the knee,” she said. She remained a mystery throughout. In recent decades, criminal gangs have become an increasingly serious problem in Sweden, leading to an increase in the frequency of shootings, bombings and grenade attacks. The majority of acts of violence are committed in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, which are Sweden’s three largest cities.
According to figures compiled by the police, there have been 144 shootings so far this year and 18 people have been killed. These shots also injured 41 people, including untargeted bystanders. In 2022, the number of fatal shootings in Sweden reached a new high, reaching 62. During that year, there were 391 shootings and 107 people were injured. The previous year, there were 344 shots, which left 45 dead and 115 injured. According to a 2021 report by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, Sweden has overtaken Italy and Eastern European countries in terms of violent crime rates, partly due to gang actions. organized criminals. The Swedish government, made up of centrists and right-wing extremists, has pledged to tackle gang-related violence by adopting stricter regulations.