Sweden set a new gloomy record on Friday night – NRK Urix – Foreign news and documentaries

Sweden set a new gloomy record on Friday night – NRK Urix – Foreign news and documentaries
Sweden set a new gloomy record on Friday night – NRK Urix – Foreign news and documentaries

A man in his 20s was shot in Kristianstad in Sweden late on Thursday evening.

The first reports to the police came at 11.14 pm that a person was injured. Several witnesses reported hearing several shots.

The ambulance took the man to hospital.

– The man died in the hospital as a result of the injuries he received, says Mikael Lind of the police region south to the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter

He adds that they know who the man is, and that the next of kin have been notified.

The police have no suspects in the case.

The Swedish city of Kristianstad is located in Scania.

48 shot and killed so far this year

According to police statistics, this means that 48 people have so far been killed in a shooting in 2022 and that Sweden has already reached a new peak when it comes to shooting deaths.

In addition, 74 people have been injured as a result of shootings in Sweden so far this year.

– There has been an increase in shooting. We have reacted to that, but I don’t have any exact figures on how much it has increased or how it looks in other regions, but in our region it has definitely increased, says Mikael Lind, to SVT.

The highest previous figure was from 2020 when a total of 47 people were killed, the following year the figure was 45, according to police statistics.

Several shootings

According to a report that the crime prevention council (Brå) put forward last year, it showed that Sweden was the only one of 22 compared countries in Europe that had an increase in deaths after shootings.

Fatal violence with firearms increased in Sweden in the mid-2000s. In 2013, a noticeable increase was recorded, which has since continued to rise.

The report also showed that eight out of ten fatal shootings in Sweden take place in a criminal environment. Most are in the 20–29 age group.

The number of shootings is also increasing this year, compared to previous years.

On 1 September, 273 shootings were recorded in Sweden so far this year. In the whole of last year, 344 shootings were recorded, and 379 the year before, writes SVT.

If the shootings continue at the same rate, it will be possible to pass these numbers before the end of the year.

Theme in the election

Shootings and gang crime were also one of the big topics when Sweden went to the polls earlier in September.

The Moderates and the Sweden Democrats in particular insisted that a change of government was needed to overcome the problem.

– A new government will hunt down these people until they are all locked up or expelled from the country, uncompromisingly and ruthlessly. These gangs must leave Sweden, said Moderaterna leader Ulf Kristersson to Göteborgs-Posten.

The leader of the Moderates, Ulf Kristersson, visited the playground in Eskilstuna where a four-year-old boy was hit by a bullet in August.

Photo: Per Karlsson/TT / NTB

After the election, the bourgeois side gained a narrow majority, and the Sweden Democrats became the second largest party in the Riksdag, after the Social Democrats.

Kristersson and the Moderates have therefore started talks with the other bourgeois parties in Sweden, with the aim of bringing about a change of power.

The article is in Norwegian

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