Man shot dead in Södertälje: “Many shots”

The shooting occurred at 19.40 on Saturday near a school in the vulnerable area of ​​Ronna in northwestern Södertälje. After a younger man was shot dead in the same area the night before, the police had several patrols on the streets there. They heard the shots and were able to get to the shot man within minutes, but did not see any perpetrators, according to police.

A man in his 40s was later found to have been shot dead. The police cannot answer whether he is in any way involved in gang crime or if he was a passerby, but say that the mapping of him and his surroundings has just begun.

Many shots fired

Callers are said to have raised the alarm about gunfire with automatic weapons, but the police cannot confirm that.

“What I know is that many shots have been fired,” says Caroline Aspegren, local police area manager in Södertälje to TT.

The police have checked several people and taken a number in for questioning, but at 11pm on Saturday no one has been arrested.

“There are many people deprived of their liberty from the previous shootings but not connected to this one,” says Aspegren.

Investigating connections

Tonight’s shooting was the fourth in Södertälje in a short time. Last Friday evening, a young man was shot to death in Ronna. Four people have been arrested and detained on suspicion of murder.

On Wednesday, a man was shot in the same district and last Friday a man was shot in the Saltskog district. The police are investigating whether there is a connection between the shootings.

“What we’re seeing in Södertälje now is a spiral of violence that we haven’t seen in a very long time,” says Aspegren.

“Reckless violence”

A theory that the police are working on is that the large number of people who have been imprisoned since the investigators gained access to encrypted chats, have been replaced by new, younger men who have moved into the hierarchy.

— They are looking for new positions in the gangs. The problem we have now is that we have so many young men who seek these environments and that the violence has a different character than what we have had before. It is reckless violence, says Aspegren.

The fatal shooting means that 50 people have been shot dead this year.

And the local police area commander cannot rule out further shootings in the near future.

— But we must do everything we can to make people feel safe. We have received reinforcements from across the region and will have a lot of police out in our areas. More than usual and for a long time, says Caroline Aspegren.

Officers are working the area after the shooting on Saturday night.

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