A masked man carrying a sword or knife entered a school in Trollhattan, Sweden and began to attack students and teachers at Kronan primary and middle school.
The attacker killed one student and one teacher before being killed by police. Two more people were injured, one student and one teacher. Both of the injured victims were taken to the hospital in Trollhattan, where they are reported to be in serious condition.
“This is a dark day for Sweden,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven stated, “My thoughts go out to the victims and their families, pupils and staff, and the entire community that has been affected. There are no words to describe what they are going through right now.”
According to law enforcement, the attacker was shot by police on scene and later died in hospital as a result of his injuries.
One student told reporters that at first they believed that the sword-wielding man was some sort of Halloween joke. It was not until the man began to attack people that students realized that this was no practical joke.
Police received the call just after 10 a.m. that a masked man in his 20s was carrying a knife-like weapon and attacking people at the school. They responded immediately.
Upon arriving at the school, police found one injured man outside the school and one dead man inside. When they reached the second floor, they found two injured students. Police proceeded to evacuate the school and pursue the attacker.
“We fired two shots,” police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg said, “One of which hit and incapacitated the man so that we could arrest him.”
Attacks like these are uncommon in Sweden. Gun ownership in Sweden is heavily regulated. It is estimated that there are 31 guns (both legal and illegal) per 100 people in Sweden, compared to the United States where there are 101 guns per every 100 people.
Trollhattan is 420 kilometers (260 miles) southwest of the Swedish capital of Stockholm.