SEVERAL have been injured in a shooting in the Swedish town of Kristianstad, police had said.
A number of loud bangs were heard around 3.45pm local time near a shopping centre in the northern district of Näsby.
Rickard Lundqvist, a police spokesman, confirmed the incident was a shooting and cops were at the scene.
Two men in their 20s and 30s, along with a woman in her 60s, are being treated in hospital for serious injuries, the local authorities have said.
“Several people have been found in various places in the area with suspected gunshot wounds,” Lundqvis said.
“We have criminal investigation measures in place and it is about questioning witnesses, cordoning off, securing and searching for clues.
“In parallel, we are looking for one or more perpetrators who have left the place. No one is currently detained.”
HUNT FOR SHOOTER
At least two areas have been cordoned off as suspected crime scenes, including the Gamlegardens shopping centre.
Guards have been posted on the doors of the Central Hospital Kristianstad, where those shot are being treated.
According to local media, a large police operation is underway with a helicopter circling above the crime scene.
Nasby is an area of high unemployment has been recently hit by riots and murders.
Shots were reported in the same area on Monday night, according to Expressen.
A woman who works locally told the paper that shooting has become a “habit” in the area.
“If there have been shots the night before, it usually comes more during the day or the morning after. A lot has happened here before.”
According to local sources, three people have now been arrested in connection with the shooting.
They remain in custody on suspicion of attempted murder.