Three people are seriously wounded in Swedish shooting: ‘Large police operation’ underway and multiple ambulances on the scene
- Multiple gunshots heard in Nasby, Kristianstad, as police rushed to scene
- Three people have been hospitalised in a serious condition with gunshot wounds
- Nasby has been classified by police as a vulnerable area after recent murders
Three people including a woman in her sixties have been seriously injured in a shooting in broad daylight in Sweden.
A ‘large police operation’ is underway in the southern city of Kristianstad after multiple gunshots were heard at 3.40pm on Tuesday.
Police said three people have been hospitalised with gunshot wounds and are in a ‘serious condition’ after ambulances rushed to the scene in the Nasby district.
No suspect has yet been detained.
The victims are two men in their twenties and thirties and a woman in her sixties according to police.
But police said there could be more injuries with the situation still unclear.
A cordon is in place with investigations ongoing.
Three people including a woman in her sixties have been seriously injured in a Swedish shooting in broad daylight. Pictured: police at the scene
The victims are two men in their twenties and thirties and a woman in her sixties according to police
There was no immediate information on the cause of the shooting, but it comes amid a rise in gun violence in the Scandinavian nation. Pictured: Police technicians at the scene of a shooting incident on Tuesday
Rickard Lundqvist, a police spokesman, said officers were on their way after reports of the loud bangs were confirmed as a shooting.
‘Several people have been found in various places in the area with suspected gunshot wounds,’ he said.
Witnesses said the cordoned off crime scene is by a shopping centre.
The police investigation is focused on finding where precisely the shooting took place, as there were reports of shots being fired around the city and its surrounding areas.
Regional newspaper Kristianstadsbladet reported that guards have been placed outside the central hospital, which has closed its entrances.
The Swedish newspaper Expressen said that one or more perpetrators left the main scene of the shooting by motorcycle. Police wouldn’t confirm that information.
A ‘large police operation’ is underway on Kristianstad after multiple gunshots were heard at 3.40pm
There was no immediate information on the cause of the shooting, but it comes amid a rise in gun violence in the Scandinavian nation.
A report by the Swedish national council for crime prevention said earlier this year that Sweden is the only European country where fatal shootings have risen significantly since 2000, primarily because of the violent activities of organised criminal gangs.
Nasby has been classified by police as a vulnerable area with a number of recent riots and murders in the district.
The area has a high rate of unemployment and low education levels, according to police.
On Monday evening, police were alerted to loud bangs in the same area and found evidence of guns having been fired, but no victims.