A 21-year-old man wearing a ‘Darth Vader mask and helmet’ entered a Swedish school on Thursday Killing an 11-year-old and a teacher. The man who was wielding a large sword type weapon allegedly stabbed and hacked his victims senselessly; two others were also seriously wounded in the attack.
In a bizarre twist some of the children at the school thought he was dressed up for Halloween and two students had even asked to have their pictures taken with him, which he agreed to. Moments later the killer went on a killing rampage. As the man moved across the school during his attack, [one] young student had no idea that the blood on the large sword he was holding was real, Daily Mail reported.
It is not known of the killer’s mental state or the motives for his rampage. The area is heavily populated with immigrants and it was reported by Expo magazine that the killers social media activities found that he had ‘liked’ several You Tube videos glorifying Nazi Germany and had shown support for anti immigration politicians on Facebook. Police and others in Sweden speculate that the attack was racially motivated.
According to Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet the school was build in 2009 and has more than 400 students from preschool through ninth grade.
Sweden is in a state of shock as violent crimes especially in schools rarely ever take place. The Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in a statement, ‘’This is a very dark day for Sweden.”
The Killer, who has not yet been named, was shot by police at the scene and later pronounced dead in hospital.
The incident occurred in Kronogarden, which is a working class area located in Trollhattan in western Sweden.