Several people shot, two dead in Sweden hotel, say police

  • AP, Stockholm
  • Updated: Mar 19, 2015 13:11 IST

Several people were shot inside a restaurant in the city of Goteborg late Wednesday and at least two of them have died, Swedish police said.

Police said in a statement that an automatic weapon is believed to have been used in the shooting. They had no details on any suspects but said several people had been brought in for questioning.

The shooting happened in the Biskopsgarden suburb of Goteborg, Sweden's second largest city. The neighborhood has a history of gang violence, said police spokesperson Ulla Brehm.

She said it was too early to speculate on the motive but said there were indications that the shooting was gang-related.

"There is absolutely nothing that indicates terrorism," Brehm said.

She said at least two people were killed at the scene and several others taken to a hospital.

One witness told Swedish broadcaster SVT that two men entered the restaurant and started shooting with automatic weapons.

Police said the shooting happened inside a restaurant called Var Krog och Bar, which means "our tavern and bar" in Swedish. According to its website, the restaurant opened in 1995 and also has a sports bar and a night club that's open on Fridays and Saturdays.

On Jan. 30 a man was wounded in a shooting on the square outside the restaurant. It wasn't immediately clear whether the shootings were linked.

Gun violence is not uncommon in Sweden's major cities, though shootings in public places with multiple victims are rare.

"The problems are the same here in Sweden as internationally," Brehm said.

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