Today was a sad day in Trollhattan Sweden that left two men severely injured and two dead inside of Kronan school.
The 21 year old masked suspect is reported to be a Sweden resident who arrived to the school dressed in all black holding a sword this morning.
When police responded to the crime scene at 10:10 EST (08:10 GMT), they found a dead man who was later identified as a teacher near the entrance. Following this discovery, two male students and another teacher who’s names have yet to be reveled were rushed to the hospital. One of the boys, age 17, has since been announced dead.
The other student who is 15, and the teacher, age 41 are now being held in intensive care for knife injuries. Doctors have described their state as “serious but stable.”
The attacker died of gunshot wounds in the hospital today after a stand off with the police inside of the high school. Police said that he did not have a criminal record prior to assault.
According to BBC, local Sweden media have reported that the suspects social media accounts revealed that he had an interest in Hitler and Nazi Germany. The black trench coat and helmet resembled the uniforms that German soldiers wore when fighting in World War Two.
Yet despite today’s gruesome events, school attacks are rare in Sweden. The last incident prior to this one occurred 20 years ago and resulted in the casualty of one student.
King Carl Gustaf said in a statement that he had learned of the events in Trollhattan “with great dismay and sorrow”.
Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven shared a similar sense of sadness and proclaimed that it was a “black day for Sweden”.
“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. We must ensure that they receive all the support they need,” he said.
Trollhattan is located in west Sweden, around 75km (50 miles) north of Gothenburg, the nation’s second largest city.