Anton Lundin Pettersson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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He was dressed like Darth Vader as he killed a teacher and a student with a sword at a school in Trollhattan, Sweden. The horrifying attack happened at a high school in the city on the morning of October 22. The suspect has been named as Anton Lundin Pettersson, 21. Cops were called to the scene at 10:10 a.m. local time on October 22. In total, three people are dead, including Pettersson. Reports from Sweden indicate that two others are in stable but serious condition.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Students Posed for Photos With Pettersson Thinking He Was Dressed for Halloween

Anton Lundin-Pettersson Facebook page

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The BBC reports that the suspect is not known to local police in Trollhattan. The network says that he killed a student and a teacher at the school with a sword, while injuring another teacher and student. There was so much confusion during the attack that pupils at the Kronan School posed for photos with Pettersson, thinking it was all part of a Halloween joke.

He was shot and killed by responding police officers to the school. Pettersson was a resident of Trollhattan, according to his Facebook page. The two dead people were found at the entrance to the school. A police spokesperson said that more than one knife was used in the attack. He acted alone, reports Russia Today.

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Police work at the scene of the school. (Getty)

Speaking to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, a student at the school, using the pseudonym Sara, described that Pettersson was blaring “horrible, Halloween-type” music. When students left their classrooms they saw Pettersson, thinking it was a prank, the students went to take photos with him. After a teacher tried to move him along, Sara says Pettersson stabbed that man. Sara and her friends ran and although he chased them, they managed to escape.


2. His YouTube Channel Shows His Admiration for Hitler & Nazi Germany

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Police have cordoned off the scene at the school. (Getty)

A police spokesman, Thord Haraldsson said that Pettersson’s home has been searched by investigators and that officers found “interesting things,” according to the BBC report. Haraldsson didn’t comment about Pettersson’s links to Nazi extremism. Though, Pettersson’s YouTube page shows an admiration for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. The Local in Sweden reports that he was also critical of Islam and immigration. The Swedish newspaper Expressen reports that Pettersson was a subscriber to leading right-wing bloggers in the country.

The attack comes as the Swedish government confirmed that in 2015, the country will take in up to 190,000 asylum seekers, stemming from the refugee crisis in Syria.

Anton Pettersson Facebook page

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His last Facebook update came a day before the killings where Pettersson posted a video link to the Rob Zombie song “Dragula.” The cover photo on his Facebook page is a reference to German heavy metal band Rammstein.

One of his neighbors, Liv Ringstrom, told the Daily Telegraph “I meet him in the stairwell and he always seems very nice and very friendly. I’ve no idea if he could have done it.” While a childhood friend of Pettersson’s described the killer as “introverted.”


3. One of the Victims Is a 20-Year-Old Teaching Assistant, the Other a 17-Year-Old Student

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People and parents leaving school after the attack. (Getty)

One of the men killed is a 20-year-old teaching assistant, the other deceased man is a 17-year-old boy. RT reports that he died in surgery.

The two victims who remain in a local hospital are a 41-year-old teacher and a 15-year-old boy. They are in serious but stable condition.


4. The King of Sweden Said His Nation Is ‘In Shock’

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A woman lights a candle at a makeshift memorial site in Trollhattan. (Getty)

In a statement, Sweden’s King Carl Gustav said that he had “great dismay and sorrow” about the killings in Trollhattan. Meanwhile the country’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said that October 22 was a “black day for Sweden,” adding “I think of the victims and their families, students and staff, and the whole of the affected community. No words can describe what they are going through right now. We must ensure that they receive all the support they need.”


5. Trollhattan Is Less Than 50 Miles North of Sweden’s Second Largest City

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The city of Trollhattan is located less than 50 miles north of Gothenburg. The BBC reports that this is only the second school attack in Sweden, the last was a shooting in 1961 that killed one person. Trollhattan is known for its movie studio complex known as “Trollywood.” The city has a population of around 46,000.

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37 Comments

Anonymous

Hey hillary, you cunt… maybe we should ban all swords before this violence comes here!

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Jason

You would think they would make you ass clowns at least Google a picture of darth Vader before allowing you to write this garbage but I’m sure the qualifying attributes for your “job” doesn’t require intelligence.

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LesL

“Jew based predictive text”?
Are u are a freaking moron?

We will never get rid of these Islamic invaders ((who u nazis loved in WW2 and who still admire Mein Kampf , and who share your hatred of Jews and of Christ) until u get your head of your rear end and stop blaming your inability to type and your short stick on “da jooz”.

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J. Roberts

Just tossing it out there, that is a German Stalhelm from WW2 and a paint ball mask. Not a “Darth Vader” helmet. Check your facts before dragging Star Wars into this stuff.

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Anonymous

I’m sure you know what you are talking about, but even if I didn’t read the story I thought he looked like Darth Vader. Sue me.

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Peter

Quote: “His YouTube Channel Shows His Admiration for Hitler & Nazi Germany”.

Yeah, but actually not very much. There are a few WW2 videos but most of them are just boyish videos about tanks.
He likes far more rather lame atheist videos and crappy music videos (Rammstein, Disturbed, Rob Zombie etc.). He also likes some videos on gaming related topics.
I don’t know how much we can actually tell from his likes. But if we are to go by likes the following picture emerges:
– He likes pop industrial music such as Rammstein
– He likes atheism and he really, really, really likes the guy who calls himself The Amazing Atheist
– He doesn’t like the Bible. He doesn’t like the quran either.
– He doesn’t like christianity, islam or judaism.
– He likes German WW2 tanks
– He likes popular video games such as Fallout, Diablo and World of Warcraft
– He likes funny stuff and prank calls
– He is pro gay and pro increased gun control and other liberal issues

That’s if we go by likes.
All in all he seems like most boys and young men who want to be a little bit edgy and rebellious without being very original. He likes all the stuff that would make conservative parents frown a little bit but at the same time it’s not very inventive: It’s just the same old mass produced popular culture. He doesn’t seem particularly invested in a particular topic. At least not to the point where he actually likes something that hasn’t already got thousands and thousands of likes. There are no obscure or really nerdy videos in there at all.

All in all: He most certainly does not seem very invested in Hitler and Nazi Germany. He looks like the dime a dozen liberal young man who wants to be a little bit edgy and rebellious.
If we should point out one thing that he’s very invested in it wouldn’t be Hitler. It would be this guy The Amazing Atheist. Half of the videos seem to come from this guy.

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Anonymous

Look closer at those amazing atheist videos, a lot of them are anti feminist/misogynist, which is a big part of amazing atheist’s schtick. This kid wasn’t a liberal or progressive by any stretch of thr imagination.

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C Smith

Pro gay marriage, pro gun control, pro atheism, anti bible isn’t liberal or progressive by any stretch of the imagination? Wow. Just Wow.
We have this guy who hates traditional values and loves Marilyn Manson, but no, he’s not liberal or progressive. Wow.

And being anti Anita Sarkeesian isn’t misogynist. It’s simply rational. Sarkeesian and her comrades are the most incoherent group of pseudo intellectuals out there.

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Anonymous

Sarkeesian makes me of some Mary Whitehouse/Tipper Gore hybrid. It’s not pretty, and it may get uglier with age.

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Anonymous

If you go by liberalism being maintained on equality and liberty, then yes the Amazing Atheist is a liberal. If you define liberal as being a cultural marxist that thinks white people and men are born with original sin, then no the Amazing atheist does not agree with that. You could source which videos you think are misogynist and anti-feminist. and then I could look through them and verify your claim. Until then you are making a claim that cannot stand as it is not supported by evidence.

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William

He was also into Maralyn Manson. What are we to surmise from that. That he was into left wing transgenderism? This was a disturbed young man.

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jo jojo

He’s dressed as the sword wielding Nazi Kroenen from the movie Hellboy, not Darth Vader. Compare the pics

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SoTxJoe

What a dork. How can you shoot up a school without a gun? And this kind of stuff isn’t supposed to happen in socialist countries. Based on this sword attack, the US should become even more Big Brother socialist and ban guns anyway, the Second Amendment be damned.

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polenasylforsvenskar

Multikulturalism ar en modern bolsjevismen forlade regeringen vald , patetisk utopia.Ellie Krantz bagar…

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Anonymous

Sarkeesian makes me of some Mary Whitehouse/Tipper Gore hybrid. It’s not pretty, and it may get uglier with age.

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mamerto

An ordinary-well-headed-citizen would have done exactly what the cop did in subduing and putting down the sword-welding killer.
My point is that…, without a gun (or guns) the sword-welding-killer could rather easily have done much more damage and more killing than what he did.

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Kenny

He is terrorist like any other terrorist…. Every time Christian kills in the name of religion he is lunatic/atheist… When muslim lunatic/atheist kills in the name of religion he is immediately terrorist…. Yep! Make perfect sense… Sad that innocent people are being killed by fanatics! Condolences to the family memberd members

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PV

Mmmmm… Kenny, maybe that’s because Christianity and the example of Jesus consistently forbids killing in the name of religion. Nobody who follows Jesus would murder in his name. Read the New Testament and you’ll understand. There is nothing to misunderstand. Jesus never murdered or fought so neither does a follower of Jesus. Saint Peter swung a sword once to protect his lord, Jesus immediately ordered him to stop. So in the extremely rare cases when you actually have a Christian killing “in the name of religion”, the person hasn’t understood anything at all. And that makes it rather difficult to acknowledge that the person is more than a Christian by name. It is of course possible for a Christian to kill another person in an angry moment but if a so-called Christian murderer cannot afterwards see that it was wrong, then that person simply is not a Christian at all. Otherwise it’s like having a vegetarian who eats meat and keeps calling himself a vegetarian. It’s a contradiction that cannot be resolved in any rational way.
But on the other hand, you might ask yourself, where in the atheist handbook do you find a prohibition against murder? You see, there is a big difference. So yes, this murderer was indeed an atheist and there is no contradiction between his atheist convictions and his deeds. There’s really no reason to drag Christianity into this murder case, other than the fact that you obviously don’t like Christianity.

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Brian Davis

I respect your opinions, PV, but you might want to look up the “No True Scotsman” fallacy.

Personally, I would posit that anyone who professes a belief in Jesus as their redeemer of sins (and that this thereby increases their chances of living eternally after their one and only physical body has died) is a “True Christian” [tm]. (Full Disclosure: I’m speaking as an atheist of many years who was raised as a bible-believe baptist and only came around into atheism in my 20’s. In my opinion, a “true christian” is one who’s taken the “Romans’ Road” to salvation and believes themselves to be “saved” by maintaining a constant belief in those same precepts.)

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Pum32

PV, as a fellow Christian: you are skipping over a *lot* of Christian history, where Christianity was used to control people and inspire them to murder. How many ‘witches’ were killed in the name of Christ? How many chose to very liberally apply ‘thou shalt not suffer a witch to live?’. The Crusades? Inquisition? Holocaust? I, like most Christians, believe that Christians who murdered in the name of Christ were acting against his teachings–that doesn’t make our faith much different than anyone else’s. Many Christians believe that *a lot* of the Bible is allegory and parables, not line for line literal text. Some Christians do not; some cling to a lot of the culture of the Bible and skip over the Christ teachings that ended/contradict cultural traditions. Some of those things have helped bad Christians to use Christianity to do bad things. And even especially determined folks have even used Christ’s teachings to justify ‘righteous anger’ and acts of violence.

Also, being an atheist and anti-theist are two different things. And, I would hope for most Christians, we are not against murder/violence just because Christ preached against it. Being a decent person encourages us to abstain from violence. There is not atheist handbook either–it’s just someone choosing not to believe in a higher power. It has nothing to do with their moral code. And with all the different sects of Christianity, I hate fair number of Christian faiths that seem to lack a moral code as well.

Last, the person above isn’t attacking Christianity. They are pointing out the fallacy that while many Christians are comfortable with rejecting the violent/hateful portions of the Bible as cultural/contextual/allegory, they don’t have a problem with deeming every portion of the Quran to be held to a uniformly literal standard. They cite sword verses over peace verses, and rule the idea of allegory as absurd. So while Christians that commit terrorism are being ‘bad Christians’ or part of evil Christian sects, people are quick to label Islamic terrorists as just being Islamic, and judge it as uniform.

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