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Swedish rapper C.Gambino shot dead in suspected gang attack, police say


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Swedish rapper C.Gambino shot dead in suspected gang attack, police say

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The hip-hop artist – who was aged around 25 – is said to have links to one or more criminal networks as gun violence continues to plague the Nordic country

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – An award-winning Swedish hip-hop artist known by the alias C.Gambino was shot dead late on Tuesday, June 4 in a suspected gang-related attack, police said, as gun violence continues to plague the Nordic country.

C.Gambino was shot at least twice in an apparent deliberate attack in a public parking garage in the western city of Gothenburg, a police spokesperson said on Wednesday, adding that the rapper was aged around 25.

The Gothenburg police spokesperson said there were links between the artist and one or more criminal networks.

“We suspect the crime has links to the gangs environment,” he said, declining to elaborate.

Sweden has struggled for years to contain violence linked to organized crime.

Deadly shootings

In the nation of 10 million have more than tripled over the past decade to significantly exceed levels in neighbouring countries. Police estimate 62,000 persons are active in, or have links to, criminal networks.

C.Gambino, who has nearly one million monthly listeners on the Spotify streaming service, had kept his identity hidden and wore a mask in public, including at the Swedish Grammis music awards ceremony last month, where he was named Swedish hip-hop artist of 2023. The late artist is not to be confused with the American artist Childish Gambino.

Police said he was found by officers who responded to reports of the shooting and pronounced dead in hospital. They said several people had been interviewed as part of the murder investigation but no one was yet detained.

Police declined to share the rapper’s real name.

In 2021, another Swedish rapper, Einar, whose real name was Nils Gronberg, was shot dead at the age of 19. The year before, Einar was abducted and assaulted by rival rappers. – Rappler.com

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