Sweden: Several wounded in shooting in Malmo

Scene of shooting in Malmo Sweden

Witnesses told local media that they heard 15 to 20 shots at around 18:15 in the centre of the city.

The shots caused bystanders to scream, but police quickly said there was no reason for the public to worry.

No motive for the shooting was given but police said "extensive investigation work" had begun as they called on anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

Officials said the crime appears to be linked to organized or gang crime, not terrorism.

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The agency quoted unnamed police as saying four people were shot.

Witness Jonatan Burhoff told the newspaper he saw wounded people being carried to private cars that drove off 'as fast as possible'. The statement said officers had information that 'one person had been taken to hospital in a private vehicle'. It has "significant" potential for violence, Chief of the Swedish National Police Dan Eliasson said in January, as cited by The Local.

There were no immediate details on the conditions of the injured men.

"We are treating this as an isolated event that is confined to these injured persons", she added. Police are in place and have secured the suspected crime scene.

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