Swedish School Attack
Published: October 22, 2015
Swedish School Attack, A man wearing a Darth Vader-like mask and armed with a sword went on a rampage at a Swedish elementary school Thursday, killing a teacher and a student. The attacker died later of gunshot wounds inflicted by police who rushed to the scene, authorities said.
The teacher died at the school and the student later succumbed at a nearby hospital, according to officials. Police spokesman Thord Haraldsson said the 21-year-old attacker was fatally shot in the chest by police who responded to the attack at the Kronan school in Trollhattan, near Goteborg, Sweden’s second-largest city. Trollhattan is about 260 miles west-southwest of Stockholm.
“This is a black day for Sweden,” said Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who rushed to Trollhattan, a town of around 50,000 people. “I think of the victims and their families, students and staff, and the whole of the affected community. No words can describe what they are going through right now.”
Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf said the Scandinavian country “is in shock” following the stabbings. In a statement, the king said the royal family had received the news “with great dismay and sadness.”
The incident erupted mid-morning in a cafe section of the school, which serves around 500 students ranging from pre-school to high school. The attacker appeared in the hallway dressed in black and wearing a Darth Vader-like mask from Star Wars.
Haraldsson told a news conference that the masked attacker knocked on the doors of two classrooms and stabbed people who opened them. Laith Alazze, a 14-year-old student, told Sweden’s TV4 that at first he thought the masked man had something to do with Halloween.
The newspaper Dagens Nyheter published a photo showing two students posing with the perpetrator moments before the attack. “One of my friends walked over to him to challenge him, but when we saw he stabbed him (the teacher), we ran away,” Alazze said.
At least four were injured, including an 11-year-old and 15-year-old, Niklas Claesson, head of communications at the NU Hospital Group, told the Expressen newspaper.
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