They are not suspects in the case, but police hope their statements could lead to the arrest of the assailant.
Police spokesman Calle Persson said: “The victim lived near the crime scene.
“The police’s weapon dogs found several shell casings at the site, which will be examined in detail.”
“He was a kind person. He never had any problems. I’m in shock,” the friend said.
Malmo has been hit by a series of violent incidents in the first month of the year, and on January 3 one man died in hospital after being found in the streets with gun wounds.
Already before the shootout, local police had called in reinforcements from other districts to help them deal with the surge in crime and violent incidents.
“Too many young men have been killed and leave behind grieving friends and family. I will focus on serious crime and gang crime.”
News of the 16-year-old’s death comes as Malmo police have been losing the battle to reestablish law and order in the area, which has been branded a “no-go zone” and a “battlefield” by terrified citizens.
The area has seen a surge of violent crimes as thugs setting cars ablaze and striking fear into the hearts of law-abiding locals have become commonplace.
One woman, who lost her car in an arsonist attack, said Sweden’s third largest city was becoming a hotspot for anti-social thugs.
“I think this is a social problem, there are shootings, car fires and so much s*** going on in Malmo,” Lejla Heco said.
The city, which is where Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic was raised, has also been used by politicians in Norway to warn against what would happen if it implemented a “soft-touch” immigration policy.
Sweden’s social services have repeatedly warned they do not have the resources to cope with the additional strain caused by the migrant crisis, which started in 2015, and Progress Party leader Siv Jensen vowed Norway would never end up like its neighbouring country.
“Lawless neighbourhoods, inner justice, violence and criminal activity and gang activity is a testament to a completely failed integration and immigration policy.
“In 2009, I warned against this development during a visit to the hard-hit neighbourhood of Rosengard in Malmo.
“I was meeting with mockery and massive critic. Some even said the Progress Party shouldn’t discuss immigration policy but stood firm during the storm and time has shown those warnings were entirely justified.