One person has died and four others injured after a shooting near a police station in the southern Swedish city of Malmo, according to local media.
According to Daily Mail, an 18-year-old man died during the night,’ said police spokesman Stephan Soderholm.
Reports suggest a man opened fire as fans celebrated their victory over South Korea in the World Cup.
Witness were quoted as saying that at least one attacker was armed with an automatic weapon.
The city’s police department issued a statement saying ‘there is no reason for the public to worry,’ adding the attack was not terrorism related.
The incident happened in Malmo just after 8pm, according to TT.
The police refused to comment on the identity of the possible attacker or attackers.They also declined to give any detail of the victims although reports said several of them were well known to the police.
While Sweden has relatively low levels of crime, neighbourhoods in Malmo, Stockholm and Gothenburg have seen a rise in violence attributed to gangs fighting over drug trafficking and prostitution.
Witness Jonatan Burhoff told the newspaper he saw wounded people being carried to private cars that drove off ‘as fast as possible.’
Police said security at a hospital was stepped up after the gunfire was reported. The statement said officers had information that ‘one person had been taken to hospital in a private car.’
Local police have released a statement which reads: ‘Police were called to Drottninggatan [Queen Street] due to an outdoor shooting.
‘There is evidence several people have been injured. Police are in place and have secured the suspected crime scene. There is strengthened security at the hospital in Malmo.’
Malmo is Sweden’s third largest city and has a population of 340,000.