STOCKHOLM (AP) — Hospital officials say three people wounded in an assault by a man using an axe in southern Sweden are in life-threatening condition and police have reduced the overall number of victims to seven.
The suspected assailant, a man in his twenties, was shot, arrested and is being treated in a hospital, police said. A press conference was expected later Thursday on the attack.
The other victims of Wednesday’s assault in the small town of Vetlanda, 190 kilometres (118 miles) south-east of Gothenburg (Göteborg), Sweden’s second-largest city, include two seriously injured people, two with moderate injuries, and one who is slightly injured, the Jonkoping region said in a statement late Wednesday.
The attack took place in the afternoon and police say there are five crime scenes in Vetlanda, a town of 13,000. The man’s motive was not immediately known.