STOCKHOLM – Several people were killed and more wounded after at least one gunman armed with an automatic weapon began firing in a pub in western Sweden late on Wednesday, police said, with the death toll expected to rise.
"There was a shooting in a pub. There have been several fatalities and a number of the injured have been brought to hospital," said police spokeswoman Ulla Brehm.
"An automatic weapon was used... we can't rule out that it's gang-related.
We've had problems for some time with gang crime in this area," she added.
An eyewitness told tabloid Aftonbladet that two people entered the pub in the Gothenburg suburb of Biskopsgaarden with weapons that looked like Kalashnikovs and started shooting.
"We were sitting watching the football game when the shooters came in," the witness said.
Another witness described how fast the shootings occurred.
"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.
Police said in a statement that the death toll was expected to rise.
Emergency services told newspaper GT that eight people were brought to hospital by ambulance.
Police have launched a murder investigation and are questioning several people. No arrests have been made. – AFP