In a shocking incident, award-winning Swedish hip-hop artist C Gambino was reportedly shot dead in a public parking garage in Gothenburg. The rapper, who is believed to be around 25 years old, was attacked in what police suspect to be a gang-related act of violence.

C Gambino, known for his significant presence in the Swedish hip-hop scene and with nearly one million monthly listeners on Spotify, had always kept his identity concealed, even wearing a mask during public appearances. This anonymity was maintained at the Swedish Grammis music awards last month, where he was honored as the Best Swedish Hip-Hop Artist of 2023.

According to a police spokesman, the rapper was shot at least twice in what appears to be a calculated assault. He was discovered by officers responding to the shooting and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Investigations are ongoing, and although several people have been interviewed, no arrests have been made yet.

The artist’s connections to criminal networks have been a focal point of the investigation. The police believe the attack is linked to gang activities but have refrained from disclosing further details about these connections or the rapper’s real name.

This incident is part of a troubling trend in Sweden, where violence linked to organized crime has been on the rise. Over the past decade, deadly shootings have more than tripled, far exceeding the levels seen in neighboring countries. Police estimates suggest that around 62,000 individuals in Sweden are either active in or have ties to criminal networks.

The tragic death of C Gambino echoes the fate of another Swedish rapper, Einar, who was shot dead in 2021 at the age of 19. Einar, whose real name was Nils Gronberg, had been a victim of abduction and assault by rival rappers just a year prior to his death.

The murder of C Gambino has sent shockwaves through the Swedish music community and highlights the growing challenge of gang-related violence in the country. As fans mourn the loss of a talented artist, the ongoing investigation aims to bring those responsible to justice.

Source: Reuters, Sky, APN. 

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