Two men have been killed and more than 10 wounded after gunmen opened fire in a pub, in a suspected gang-related attack in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.
Customers in the bar were watching football on television late Wednesday, when at least 2 gunman wearing skeleton masks and yellow high-visibility vests, launched their shooting spree.
“We are assuming that this is gang-related and not a terrorist attack,” police spokesman Bjoer Blixter told AFP. “Two died and between 10 and 15 were wounded,” Up to four of those injured were in a serious but stable condition. “We are assuming that this is gang-related and not a terrorist attack,” he said. “We’ve had similar problems with shootings for several years but never of this magnitude.”
The gunmen fled the scene by car and police are still hunting for them. Police have launched a murder investigation where they are questioning a large number of people, but no arrests have been made yet.
A witness said the shootings were over quickly. “I didn’t have time to think what was happening. Then I saw that my friend was bleeding. I tried to stop the flow of blood as well as I could with my hands,” a man who gave his name as Rocky told public broadcaster SVT.
“They aimed directly at people… at their heads,” a pub employee told the Aftonbladet tabloid of the attack.
Sweden and neighboring Denmark have a longstanding problem with criminal gangs, including Hells Angels, Bandidos and several immigrant groups which battle for control of the local drug trade, according to The Guardian.