STOCKHOLM (AP) – An award-winning 19-year-old Swedish rapper was shot dead in southern Stockholm in an incident that media reports on Friday suggested could be gang-related.
The rapper Einar was hit by several bullets in the Hammarby suburb south of central Stockholm and died on the spot late last Thursday, police spokesman Ola Osterling told TT.
Police are looking for at least two suspects who are said to have shot the rapper.
The motive for the shooting is still unclear, but the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported that the rapper had received several threats recently. According to SVT, the rapper’s shooting was gang-related.
Einar, whose real name is Nils Gronberg, was born in Stockholm and became known as a 16-year-old when his song “Katten i trakten” from the debut album “Forsta klass” topped the Swedish charts in 2019.
He was awarded the Song of the Year award 2019 and the Newcomer of the Year award one year later.
Sweden has seen an increase in organized crime in recent years and several gang-related shootings have occurred in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.