In the Swedish city Uppsala, it is estimated that around 130 children and young people are involved in gang crime. According to the police, the youngest person identified is only 10 years old.
Over the weekend, four people were arrested after a shooting at an apartment in Uppsala. All are suspected of attempted murder. According to the Swedish Bonnier-newspaper Expressen, the shootings are linked to the so-called Foxtrot network, a criminal network based in Uppsala and the Stockholm area.
This weekend’s shootings are part of a long series in the city and the police estimate that there are around 570 people involved in gang crime. Of these, around 130 are under the age of 18.
– The youngest we have intelligence on is 10 years old, says Jale Poljarevius, head of intelligence in the police region, to Upsala Nya Tidning.
He warns partly that several children and young people may be recruited to the Foxtrot network, but also that there is a risk of them creating new gangs in the city.