A 23-year-old was killed in a shooting in the migrant crisis-hit city of Malmo Thursday night, leading to seven arrests.
At around 7pm Thursday Malmo police received a call about a shootout in in the notorious Rosengard suburb. Shortly afterwards the authorities arrived on the scene to find a 23-year-old man shot in his car.
An ambulance took the individual to a nearby emergency room where police say he died of his injuries Expressen reports.
Shortly after arriving on the scene police cordoned off the area and employed weapons teams as well as police dogs to search the area for evidence. Fredrik Bratt, spokesman for the command centre for the police in the South Region said, “We have begun initial investigative measures, talking to witnesses.”
Johan Vestergren, a spokesman for the regional government in Skåne said that the man killed had been born in the 90s and police said that he died a short time after getting to the hospital and his relatives were informed.
At 6:50am Friday police arrested seven individuals thought to be involved in the murder. So far the police have not released any information about the identities of those arrested or any possible motive for the shooting.
According to Expressen, the 23-year-old had been under threat for some time and that he was already known to police. The paper says that the 23-year-old took a picture of 16-year-old Ahmed Obaid after he had been murdered earlier this year in January and had spread it on the social media app Snapchat.
The victim also has a long criminal record having been convicted of vandalism, threats to an official, insubordination to a police officer, driving without a license, drunk driving, and drug offences in 2013. He was sentenced to only three months in prison.
The shooting on Thursday night comes less than 24 hours after another shooting that injured a 24-year-old in southern Malmo.
Rival criminal gangs in Malmo have been at war with each other for years. Often the gangs use guns against each other but have also been known to use hand grenades. Grenades have become increasingly common in Malmo, with one being found in a public park in February.
According to retired Police Chief Torsten Elofsson, who worked in Malmo for 42 years, the problems in the city arise from rival migrant gangs. “Of the number of people arrested and dragged into police stations, the majority are of foreign origin to be honest. There is an over-representation of violent crimes committed by people from other countries,” he told Breitbart London in 2015.
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