A 12-year-old Swedish girl was shot dead on a night between Saturday and Sunday at a gas station in the municipality of Botkyrka, the afternoon newspaper Aftonbladet says. According to the magazine, the shots were fired from a car driving past the crime scene.
Police arrived at the scene at 3:30, after which the wounded girl was taken to hospital. In the hospital, the girl died of her injuries.
According to Aftonbladet, police have interrogated several people in connection with the crime and are investigating the case as a murder.
Botkyrka is located south of the city of Stockholm and belongs to Stockholm County. At the moment, police suspect the girl was not the intentional target of the shooting.
Carolina Paasikivi, the regional director of the Stockholm Police, has told the news agency TT that there are video cameras to be used in the investigation at the crime scene.
Local Michel Rikz, interviewed by Aftonbladet, said he found the case tragic.
- That's worrying. I myself have children and it’s only a matter of time before they run to the gas station to buy something, Rikz described his feelings.
According to Aftonbladet, Swedish Interior Minister Mikael Damberg responded to the crime with dismay and disgust and by publicly participating in the grief of the victim's parents.
- I know that no words are enough for those who have lost their children in this terrible way, but I still want to say that our thoughts are in you, and we share your grief during this difficult time. On behalf of the government, we will continue to drastically improve society’s capacity to fight crime with more police officers, tougher penalties and preventive work, Damberg says.