Weapons and flak jacket found by police. Photo: Swedish Police/Scanpix
Malmö serial shooter suspect

Police staked out flat of suspect killer Mangs

The police in Malmö were watching the apartment of suspected serial shooter Peter Mangs just hours before he shot at one of his targets, having acted on a tip-off.

Börje Sjöholm, operative head of the investigation, told Sydsvenskan newspaper that they held off arresting their suspect because they feared he may dispose of his weapon, which according to a tip-off, he had hidden outdoors.

Sydsvenskan reports that while the police were carrying out their stakeout, Naser Yazdanapanah, a tailor by trade, was shot at while working on the night of 23 October 2010. The police say the two bullets which were fired at his window form a vital piece of prosecution evidence against Mangs, who was arrested two weeks later.

40-year-old Peter Mangs is accused of three murders and 12 attempted murders in Malmö, supposedly targeting people of dark skin and non-Swedish appearance.

The trial begins on Monday.

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