One dead, another hurt in Sweden shopping mall shooting; teen arrested

Police secures the area after a shooting at Emporia Shopping Centre in Malmo, Sweden, on Aug 19, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
Police said shots have been fired at the Emporia shopping centre in Malmo, Sweden, on Aug 19, 2022. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM GOOGLE MAPS

STOCKHOLM (REUTERS, AFP) - Swedish police on Friday (Aug 19) arrested a teenage boy for killing one person and injuring another in a shooting at a shopping centre in the southern city of Malmo.

A man died from his injuries and an woman is being treated in the hospital after the incident at the Emporia centre, the police said.

“The immediate danger to the public is judged to be over,” the police said in a statement. “At present, the incident is considered to be connected to the criminal environment.”

The police were on the scene questioning witnesses and going through material from surveillance cameras.

Murders due to gang violence has been on a rise in Sweden and is topping voters’ concerns ahead of elections next month.

So far this year, 44 people have been shot dead in Sweden, almost all of them in connection with suspected gang crime, according to police. That compares to 46 for all of 2021.

Representatives from the police and the city of Malmo will hold a news conference on Saturday (Aug 20) morning.

Earlier, police said they had cordoned off the area and asked the public to avoid going to the shopping centre.

The police did not immediately respond to requests for further comment.

In July, three people were killed in a shooting in a shopping mall in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, around 30 kilometres from Malmo.

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