One man was killed on Sunday night in Amager, another shot and killed on
Friday and yet another shot and seriously wounded on Saturday in the
Nørrebro district of Copenhagen as a spate of shootings in the capital
Police remain without clues as to the attackers in all three cases, and three
men who were detained in connection with Saturday’s episode were released
again. The three, who were all wearing bulletproof vests, were driving near
the scene of one of the attacks in a black Polo vehicle, but police said
they could not be connected to the shooting.
In Sunday evening’s shooting, two masked men forced a man outside a café
to lie on the pavement after which the door to the café was opened and some
ten shots were fired into the premises, hitting three people, one of whom
“First they stopped one man outside and forced him onto the ground at
gunpoint, after which one of the men opened the door to the café and shot
about ten times hitting three people, one of whom died. Afterwards, they
briefly discussed whether to kill the man on the pavement before shooting
him in the knee and buttock before making off," the head of the Copenhagen
Police Special Unit for Gang Crime Henrik Svindt tells Ritzau.
In Saturday evening’s shooting, two men coasting in a rented vehicle
looking for a parking space prior to going to a concert, were accosted by
three cyclists. Shots were fired and one of the two men in the car took a
bullet in his back. His condition is described as critical but stable.
In Friday’s episode a 25-year-old man was killed when unknown assailants let
loose a rain of automatic weapons fire.
Police say that neither of the victims of the weekend’s shootings in Nørrebro
had any connection to an ongoing gang war between bikers and immigrant
gangs, with police suggesting the attacks were a mistake.
Sunday’s episode appears less clear, as the café in question is close to a
Hells Angels Club and is known to be a haunt of AK81 members. AK81 is a
support group of the Hells Angels, but police have not released details of
those targeted in the attack.
The current gang war between bikers and immigrant gangs has been going on
for several months and has prompted the Copenhagen police to set up a
dedicated 35-man task force to attempt to stop open-street attacks.
But the extra patrols do not seem to have been enough, and the Copenhagen
police is considering applying for reinforcements from other police
“One of the first things we will be doing on Monday is to find out whether we
should be doing things differently,” says Copenhagen Police Chief
Superintedant Per Larsen.
But he adds that it can be almost impossible to find perpetrators.
“If you really want to do something as crazy as what’s going on at the moment,
it’s like finding a needle in a haystack. However many officers we put on
the job, we cannot guarantee it won’t happen again,” Larsen says.
Rescue personnel afraid
At the same time it seems that victims of shootings may have to wait
longer for rescue services to attend to the wounded.
Inhabitants at the Mjølnerparken Estate in the Nørrebro district have
complained that a medical ambulance waited up to ten minutes before
attending to a victim. The ambulance waited until police arrived and secured
But the police, fire and rescue services are in agreement that in cases of
serious danger, ambulance personnel should wait for an area to be secured
before attending a victim.
“If rescue personnel are hit, they are unable to help anyone,” says
Parliamentary Health Committee Chairman Preben Rudegaard.