Firearm-Related Homicide in Sweden: A Latent Class Analysis of Suspected Offenders

Ardavan Khoshnood, Henrik Ohlsson, Jan Sundquist, Kristina Sundquist

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Sweden has witnessed a significant increase in the rate of firearm-related homicide. We therefore aimed to study the characteristics of individuals suspected of homicide, attempted homicide, preparation to commit homicide as well as conspiracy to commit homicide with a firearm in Sweden. By using information from different registers, suspected individuals between 2000 and 2017 and aged 15 to 60 were included in the study. A total of 889 individuals were evaluated. A notable part were females (5.1%). Latent Class Analysis identified three classes, where two classes were high-offending-classes, and one class was a low-offending-class. The identification of these classes may be used for more effective preventive measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-104
Number of pages17
JournalCrime and Delinquency
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Sweden
  • firearm
  • homicide
  • offender profiling
  • violence


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