News World Swedish police investigate shooting on busy market, injuring four men

Swedish police investigate shooting on busy market, injuring four men

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A police K-9 unit is searching for weapons as police interview witnesses. Photo: Twitter
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Swedish police have several people in custody after four men were injured during a shooting spree at a busy market in the port town of Trelleborg, south-west of Stockholm.

Authorities were called to the scene about 10.30pm local time (8am AEDT) on Thursday in the centre of Trelleborg, regional police spokesperson Fredrik Bratt told newspaper Expressen.

Local news outlet Sydsvenskan reported up to eight ambulances were on the scene and several streets around the church of Saint Nicolai were in lockdown.

The town is known for past gang violence and the incident is not being investigated as terrorism, according to AP.

Two men were reportedly shot in the incident, which occurred near the town’s main shopping street, while two other men received other injuries.

Police have apprehended several people for questioning and a special division responsible for dealing with serious crime is now investigating.

Local journalist Peter Imanuelsen wrote on Twitter that the gunman was “still on the loose” several hours after the shooting.

The cause of the shooting is not yet known.

Local resident Andreas Kvant told Expressen he was about 20 metres away when he and his friends heard some loud bangs.

“Then I heard when they were in the apartment and screamed that the people inside would lay down on the floor, since I do not know much more,” he said.

Mr Kvant said the area where the shooting took place was a “fairly quiet area where many young people lived”.

“I know there are some shady types here, but I never thought that something like this would happen. It may be drugs or gangs, there has been much like this before, which has been around in Trelleborg.

“It’s sick and it’s young people it’s about what I’ve heard. It is not fun that young people are doing this way. It is known that if it can happen here, it may happen to themselves,” Mr Kvant said.

At least four people have been taken to hospital and several others have been injured in the attack.

Police said they were quickly on the scene as they found several people with gunshot injuries.

“A major police operation is underway,” the police spokesperson said.

Marcus Åberg lives in the area where the shooting occurred and was walking home with a few friends when he heard gunshots.

He saw “a couple of guys” running away as another man in his 20s was treated outside a grocery store by police.

“I felt fear, it seems that the shooting took place opposite where I live. I jumped really when I heard the shots,” he told local media.

Local resident Martin Hansson said: “This is Trelleborg, a quiet and nice city,” he says.

Another resident Aron Tyden, who was at home working on his computer when he heard the shooting, said he “thought it was fiercer” as many shots were fired.

“Right now, it’s blocked off,” he told local media. “I just heard shots and a lot of screaming.”