Palme Is Assassinated (Chronology of European History)
Article abstract: Olof Palme is assassinated, depriving the world of a great statesman dedicated to international peace and the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons.
Summary of Event
On the evening of February 28, 1986, Prime Minister Olof Palme and his wife, Lisbeth Beck-Friis Palme, left a movie theater on Tunnelgaten (Tunnel Street) in Stockholm, and began walking home to their apartment in the Old Town. About fifteen minutes later, as they turned onto Sveavagen, a major city thoroughfare, from a few yards behind, a man fired two shots at Palme, hitting his chest and abdomen, and grazing Palme’s wife. The man fled, reportedly in a car. A young female nurse passing by, not knowing who she was helping, attempted to assist the fallen prime minister. A taxi driver who had observed the incident phoned the police. Palme was taken to Sabbatsberg Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The completed autopsy revealed that he died instantly from the gun shot wound in his chest. He was fifty-nine years old.
At the site of the shooting, the police questioned a number of people. Two witnesses reported they saw the gunman escaping through the downtown streets. Cars leaving the city were inspected at check points and patrols were set up at airports, ferry stations, and all other border crossings. The Associated Press announced that the police were looking for a dark haired man, thirty-five to forty years...
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