Swedish Police Arrest Suspected Serial Shooter

MALMO, Sweden -- Swedish police have arrested a 38-year-old man suspected of a series of shootings of people with immigrant backgrounds in southern Sweden, officials said Sunday.

Investigators said the man, who was not identified, was taken into custody on Saturday on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

Police have previously said they believe a lone gunman is responsible for more than a dozen unsolved shootings in which one person died and eight were wounded in the city of Malmo since October last year.

The victims -- nearly all with immigrant backgrounds -- have been shot at bus stops, in their cars and through the window of a gym.

In a brief statement, police said the arrest was "linked to the shootings that have happened in Malmo recently." Police spokeswoman Sofie Osterheim confirmed to The Associated Press that police suspect he is the "serial shooter" behind the string of unsolved attacks.

More information was expected at a news conference in Malmo later Sunday.

While investigators won't speculate on the motive, Swedish media have drawn parallels to a racist gunman who terrorized immigrants in Stockholm in the early 1990s. Dubbed "the laser-man" because of the laser sight he used in some of the shootings, John Ausonius evaded capture for nearly a year. Once caught, he was convicted of one murder and nine attempted murders and is now serving a life sentence at a high-security prison.