Sweden: Police arrest man suspected of shooting immigrants

November 7, 2010 17:55


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MALMO, Sweden — Police arrested overnight Sunday a man suspected of shooting randomly at immigrants in a yearlong rampage that terrorized Sweden's third-largest city as tensions over immigration rose across the Nordic nation.

The suspect, a 38-year-old Swede with a gun license and no criminal record, has denied the allegations, investigators said Sunday.

He was taken into custody at his home Saturday in the southern city of Malmo, questioned then arrested on suspicion of one murder and seven attempted murders, police spokesman Borje Sjoholm told reporters.

"The reason we became interested in this man was tip-offs from the public," he said in Malmo, adding that two weapons were also seized. He would not confirm whether either weapon was used in the shootings.

Malmo police have been looking for a lone gunman they think is responsible for more than a dozen unsolved shootings since October 2009. The victims — nearly all with immigrant backgrounds — have been shot at bus stops, in their cars, and through the window of a gym.

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