On Friday two groups of rambunctious “Swedish” “youths” in the city of Malmö got into a disagreement, and by the time their issues had been settled, one person was dead and another was severely wounded.
The badly wounded victim was a passerby who just happened to be in the shopping center when the squabble broke out, and got caught in the crossfire (it sounds like Chicago or Philadelphia to me). In the following video, Malmö Police Chief Petra Stenkula answers reporters’ questions about the violence in Malmö.
Below is an article about the incident from Samhällsnytt (also translated by Gary Fouse):
One of the shooting victims in Malmö was a female passerby
August 20, 2022
One of the two persons shot Friday in the middle of the Emporia Shopping Center in Malmö was a woman who was just passing by when a criminal migrant opened fire with a gun.
Criticism is now directed at the government, which maintained that the risk for third parties of being in the way of immigrant gangs’ bullets is, “very, very small,” and for the fact that deadly shootings are breaking record after record under the rule of the Social Democrats.
The woman is now being treated in the hospital for serious gunshot wounds and is likely to suffer lifelong injuries. The 31-year-old man who was also shot and later died was, like the shooter, a non-Western migrant and involved in serious criminal gang activity.
The arrested suspect is reportedly only 15 years old. He will, therefore, under the Swedish rules for reduced sentences for youth which the Social Democrats pushed through and chose to continue to maintain, be sentenced to a very short prison sentence or eventually only juvenile custody.
The sitting Social Democrat single-party government and the earlier red-green coalition, which also included the Environmental Party, have received scathing criticism for what many consider their left-liberal, lax criminal policy and lack of concern concerning armed, immigrant-related gang crime.
2022 new record year for number of shooting deaths
The number of gang shootings resulting in death during the last two years of the mandate period during which the Social Democrats have ruled the country has broken one record after the other, and 2022 is on track to be the year with the most murders and armed gang violence ever. Ever more often, these disputes also take place in public places without regard to the fact that there are a large number of people present who risk death or injury.
A number of such cases have also occurred in recent years. In Botkyrka, south of Stockholm, a girl just 12 years old was shot to death in connection with a criminal gang drive-by shooting. She was out walking the family dog. In the Stockholm suburb of Flemingsberg, even younger children were hit by bullets as they played in a sandlot, and criminal gang migrants showed up with weapons in hand.
Social Democrat government brushes off citizens’ worry
Justice Minister Morgan Johansson, who with an emergency call recently escaped being removed by the Parliament for his incompetent manner of carrying out his duties, has maintained that the risk is “very, very small” for third parties to be injured in the disputes of armed criminal gangs, which during the mandate period in which the Social Democrat government has ruled the country, has broken record after record.
In addition, Mikael Damberg (Social Democrat), who today, despite a lack of relevant academic credentials, was promoted to finance minister, and is also part of the Social Democrat Council, tried to downplay the risk for third parties to fall victim to immigrant gangs’ stray bullets. Damberg believes that since there are still few who are injured and killed mistakenly by criminal gangs in comparison to Sweden’s total population, it should not be seen as a big societal problem.
The same reasoning has been used to dismiss the fact that Sweden today has a permanently heightened level of terror threat as a result of violent Islamism’s stronger hold in Sweden and Europe as a consequence of mass non-Western immigration. These kinds of statistics, however, have been shown to work poorly in reducing people’s experience of insecurity.
Playing games with no cure for people’s worries
“Will I be shot to death the next time I go shopping?”, “Am I next in line to be massacred in an act of terror while I am walking on a pedestrian street, riding on the subway, or watching some event?” Those are examples of nagging questions that many Swedes ask themselves when they leave their homes.
For women, there is also the worry about rape, and for many children and young people, the escalating so-called humiliation robberies. For all of these types of crimes, non-Western migrants are strongly overrepresented as perpetrators.
Police: “Very difficult conflict situation in Malmö”
When it comes to Malmö, where Friday’s shooting drama played out, the Social Democrats have also recently praised themselves for reducing serious armed violence. In that context, they have stressed the “stop shooting” campaign as being successful, where they offer pizza to those charged with the most serious crimes and talk about how wrong it is to kill others.
Beyond the Social Democrats’ rhetoric, however, the initiative has been a big fiasco. Nobody has been documented laying down their weapon as a result of the pizza evenings. On the contrary, a large number of those who participate have been convicted of new violent crimes, and the dinners have served as a forum for gangs to meet and devise criminal plans.
The statistics indicating that armed violence in Malmö has decreased have also been shown to partly be playing with numbers where they choose not to take into account that gangs have regrouped themselves somewhat geographically to reduce the risk of being arrested by police. It has also been pure coincidence that shootings are fewer during shorter selected periods of study.
Admit that police and politicians have lost control
After Friday’s fatal shooting, where a third man was also seriously wounded, police in Malmö admit that the authorities and the Social Democrat government have completely failed in their task of stopping the serious gang violence in the city.
At a press conference on Saturday, the area’s police chief, Petra Stenkula, communicated that they have a “very difficult conflict situation” in the city. She describes Friday’s incident at Emporia as a part of this.
Stenkula said she could not rule out retaliation attacks in the wake of Friday’s fatal shooting. And even if it doesn’t occur just here, according to the area police chief, the public must prepare itself for a high frequency of other similar incidents in the city in the future.
Presently, police are not directing any special calls to the public to avoid certain areas more than necessary or to start wearing bulletproof vests when shopping. That could, however, become the case if the conflict situation further escalates and several innocent people get in the path of bullets.
Mentioning connection to immigration avoided
At the press conference, nothing was mentioned about the connection between the serious gang conflict situation and the immigration policies in effect, or that Malmö today is a city where Swedes in many age groups make up a minority. No reporter was at all interested in posing questions concerning the origin of those involved in the current shooting or the armed criminal gang violence in Malmö in general. State-controlled SVT [Swedish State Television], which reported on the incident, and that a third man was seriously injured, at the area police chief’s press conference, also completely avoided the politically-charged topic, which occupies the highest place among voters to determine which party they intend to vote for in the upcoming election.
TV4 received sharp criticism for saying that the seriously injured woman “was at the wrong place at the wrong time.” You mean that, unfortunately, the woman was at the right place at the right time, and that the only one who was at the wrong place — and even in the wrong country — at the time was the criminal gang shooter.
|00:00||We have a very difficult conflict situation in Malmö right now.|
|00:04||We had a favorable spring and a favorable autumn.|
|00:08||And just like the two or three previous summers,|
|00:12||the conflicts have become more difficult.|
|00:16||Right now we are in a big spiral of violence in which several murders…|
|00:22||people have been murdered, family members have lost their family members,|
|00:28||and the general public feels strongly affected|
|00:32||by the violence that once again shows its lack of regard here in Malmö|
|00:37||How big is the risk for retaliatory attacks?|
|00:40||Right now we judge that not so high.|
|00:44||But our conflict situation in Malmö is so serious that we have several conflicts.|
|00:49||So that we cannot rule out that other violent acts will happen,|
|00:53||even if it does not immediately have anything to do with this.|
|00:56||But it is clear that when there are these types of people,|
|00:59||we see that it often turns into a little spiral of violence.|
|01:04||But we are doing everything to put resources in place to limit and place in custody|
|01:07||those that we can in these circles to avoid anything further happening.