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Three teenagers arrested after gunmen on mopeds opened fire at Swedish shopping mall

Three teenagers have been arrested after gunmen on mopeds opened fire at a Swedish shopping mall, leaving three people including a woman in her sixties seriously wounded.

A 'large police operation' was underway in the southern city of Kristianstad after multiple gunshots were heard at 3.40pm on Tuesday.

Witnesses said they saw three people riding two mopeds at the Gamlegardens shopping centre before they opened fire, reports Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

Police said three people have been hospitalised with gunshot wounds and are in a 'serious condition' after ambulances rushed to the scene in the Nasby district.  

Officers have arrested three teenagers suspected of attempted murder, reports Expressen.  

Three people including a woman in her sixties have been seriously injured in a Swedish shooting in broad daylight. Pictured: police at the scene

A 12-year-old boy, who was playing with around ten other children at a leisure centre inside, has described hearing mothers screaming as they rushed to save the youngsters.  

Adrian told the Aftonbladet: 'They drove a moped. I saw two people sitting on the moped. Then they shot.

'Mothers screamed and ran with their children while other people backed away. I myself ran towards an exit. Some other children ran after me,' he added. 

As he ran out of the centre, Adrian saw an injured person lying on the floor. 'I thought I had to get out of there, so nothing happens to me,' he said.   

The victims of the shooting are two men in their twenties and thirties and a woman in her sixties according to police. 

The victims are two men in their twenties and thirties and a woman in her sixties according to police

'It is completely unacceptable that you shoot straight into the public space, it shows that you are totally insensitive,' said Ewa-Gun Westford, press spokesperson for Police Region South. 'It is a pure coincidence that it is not children who are affected.'

Rickard Lundqvist, a police spokesman, said officers arrived at the scene after reports of the loud bangs were confirmed as a shooting.

'Several people have been found in various places in the area with suspected gunshot wounds,' he said. 

The police investigation is focused on finding where precisely the shooting took place, as there were reports of shots being fired around the city and its surrounding areas.

Regional newspaper Kristianstadsbladet reported that guards have been placed outside the central hospital, which has closed its entrances.

The atmosphere among residents is tense as some told Aftonbladet they wanted to move to a different area. 

'It's not safe here anymore,' said a local resident identified only as Nora. 'We want to move to another part of Kristianstad.'

There was no immediate information on the cause of the shooting, but it comes amid a rise in gun violence in the Scandinavian nation. Pictured: Police technicians at the scene of a shooting incident on Tuesday

Her friend Hillwa added: 'We are worried about the children. We could have been at the mall when it happened. Everyone shops there.'   

Another woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she doesn't feel safe letting her children play outside unsupervised. 

'It used to be wonderful here,' she said. 'Now you dare not let the children play outside themselves.'

There was no immediate information on the cause of the shooting, but it comes amid a rise in gun violence in the Scandinavian nation.

A report by the Swedish national council for crime prevention said earlier this year that Sweden is the only European country where fatal shootings have risen significantly since 2000, primarily because of the violent activities of organised criminal gangs.

Nasby has been classified by police as a vulnerable area with a number of recent riots and murders in the district. 

The area has a high rate of unemployment and low education levels, according to police.

A 'large police operation' was underway on Kristianstad after multiple gunshots were heard at 3.40pm

On Monday evening, police were alerted to loud bangs in the same area and found evidence of guns having been fired, but no victims.

There was no immediate information on the cause of the shooting, but it comes amid a rise in gun violence in the Scandinavian nation.

A report by the Swedish national council for crime prevention said earlier this year that Sweden is the only European country where fatal shootings have risen significantly since 2000, primarily because of the violent activities of organised criminal gangs.

Nasby has been classified by police as a vulnerable area with a number of recent riots and murders in the district. 

The area has a high rate of unemployment and low education levels, according to police.

On Monday evening, police were alerted to loud bangs in the same area and found evidence of guns having been fired, but no victims.  

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