A GUNMAN has opened fire at a busy market in Trelleborg, Sweden, with at least seven people reported to be seriously injured.

The incident happened on Thursday night local time, around 8am AEDT.

A major police operation is underway with the gunman reportedly at large.

Trelleborg is the southermost town in Sweden. The shooting happened in the centre of the city, which is home to around 30,000 inhabitants.

The Express quoted a Swedish policespokesman as saying: "We have received several reports of a shooting in Trelleborg.

"When we arrived at the scene, several people with gunshot injuries were found.

"We are blocking certain areas and will conduct an investigation.

"I do not have any more information at this time. But we are at the scene and investigating."

According to initial reports people were shot at multiple locations.

One witness told The Express: "There were many shots. We saw someone running outside. It's packed with police cars in the street."

Another said: "I was at home at my computer when I heard a loud bang."

People have been advised to avoid the area which has been cordoned off. A forensics team and canine unit have been sent to the scene.

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Originally published as Gunman opens fire in Swedish market

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