Swedish police say two 50-year-old women have been killed by a high school student
STOCKHOLM – Two teachers at a high school in southern Sweden have been killed by a student, police said on Tuesday.
The 18-year-old student was arrested on Monday in Malmo, Sweden’s third-largest city. The dead were identified as two 50-year-old female teachers, police said.
The suspect was not previously known to police and had no criminal record, and police did not disclose how the teachers were killed. An objective was not established.
Malmo Police Chief Petra Stenkula told a news conference: “It’s too early to comment.
He said officers arrived and saw the suspect and the two on the third floor of a Latin school in downtown Malmo 10 minutes after alerting him, adding that the situation was “under control” at the time.
Stenkula did not confirm a report in the Aftonbladet newspaper, saying the male student himself called authorities and said he had killed two people, dropped his weapon and was on the third floor.
Police conducted a “convulsion” and a forensic examination “will allow us to better understand what happened,” Stenkula said, adding that authorities had “no information” on further injuries.
Police said they were called at 5:12 pm on Monday. Several ambulances and patrol cars rushed to the school and armed police were seen entering the building, which was cordoned off.
Students from the school, which has about 1,100 students, gathered to play a musical instrument and the students locked themselves in their classrooms.
All classes were suspended on Tuesday and the school was closed, Malmo Latin School wrote on its website.
The massacre took place at a modern addition to the school, founded in 1406 when the pope issued a privilege letter authorizing its construction and operation. It was originally intended to educate local youth about Christian doctrine and the Latin language.