STOCKHOLM (AP) - A court convicted a Swedish man on Tuesday of two counts of murder and four attempted murders following a spate of shootings that targeted mainly immigrants in the country's south.
The Malmo District Court also ordered a psychiatric evaluation of the suspect, Peter Mangs, before his sentencing in September.
Mangs was arrested in November 2010 following a manhunt for a gunman police had linked to more than a dozen shootings in 2009-2010 in Sweden's third-largest city, Malmo, where about 40 percent of the city's 300,000 residents are first- or second-generation immigrants. Investigators later said he was also involved in shootings before that period.
The victims were shot through windows of apartments, businesses, parked cars, or as they were walking along the street.
The court convicted Mangs of 13 out of 20 charges, including also unlawful threats, and ruled that the suspect undergoes a psychiatric evaluation.
In their ruling, the judges said that "there is compelling evidence" to show that Mangs had shot and killed two people: 20-year old Trez West Persson in 2009, while she sat in a car and 66-year-old Iranian-born Kooros Effatian in the victim's home in 2003.
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