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Sweden second biggest city, Gothenburg gripped with growing incidents of shootings

Monday, 29 April 2013

Sweden's second biggest city and the lead industrial hub is seeing an escalation of gun shooting which look a lot like actions in a western movie.

Media reports hold that between 2006 and 2010, an average of 33 shots have been recorded per year. In 2011 and 2012 there were 51 and 52 respectively. So far this year, the figure is 15, according to data reported on various media sources in Sweden.

Adding to this, there has been an increase in the seizures of illegal weapons which is also increasing. According to police, the increased availability of illegal guns in criminal circles is blamed for the cause of the surge. This has led to shootings in the Gothenburg area to become commonplace. Just last month, the media reported about six shootings.

"It has become very easy for criminals to gain access to weapons," says Erik Nord at police in Västra Götaland Police.
Of the 81 shootings that took place in Gothenburg from 2010 to 2011 it was assessed that almost half have been gang-related and occurred mainly in suburbs such as Bergsjön, Kortedala, and Angered, a region dominated by various immigrant groups.
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