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Parental rift behind fatal Copenhagen shooting

A lawyer was killed and the father in a visitation rights case was critically injured in Tuesday's shooting incident in downtown Copenhagen.

Parental rift behind fatal Copenhagen shooting
Heavily-armed police were on the scene after the shooting on Tuesday morning. Photo: Jens Astrup/Scanpix
A divorce and custody dispute was behind Tuesday’s dramatic shooting incident in a Copenhagen court that left one man dead and another critically injured
 
The man shot dead was a 57-year-old lawyer involved in the case. His client, a 31-year-old man, was seriously injured, Copenhagen Police confirmed on Tuesday afternoon. The 31-year-old victim is the father of a three-year-old child at the heart of a dispute over visitation rights. 
 
At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Copenhagen Police spokesman Jens Møller Jensen also confirmed that the gunman was the 67-year-old grandfather of the child. 
 
 
“This is about the love of a child, which makes it extra terrible,” Søren Axelsen, a court representative told TV2
 
The shooting took place inside a court (Fogedretten) that handles cases involving the enforcement of legal requirements such as debt payments, foreclosures and visitation rights. The court is located near Copenhagen’s Town Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen). 
 
According to police, the mother in the visitation proceedings did not appear in court, instead sending her father to represent her. Her father brought a sawed-off rifle in a bag, pulled it out and shot both his daughter’s ex-partner and the lawyer. Police said earlier reports of a sawed-off shotgun were incorrect.
 
Møller Jensen said that a total of six shots were fired in the building, but he did not go into detail about how many shots hit each victim. The 31-year-old is reported as being in critical but stable condition at Copenhagen's Rigshospitalet.
 
According to DR, up to 15 people were taken to a psychologist following the shooting. 
 
Jørgen Holst, the chairman of the Danish Bar and Law Society (Advokatrådet) told DR that he's not aware of any lawyer being killed while on the job in recent Danish history. He said that in light of Tuesday's incident, security measures may have to be reconsidered.
 
"Every violent development of course brings with it the opportunity to consider whether or not the system has the right balance between Danish traditions and openness and control and police and so on. It's difficult to say where to draw the line. But a case like this gives one occasion to consider it again," he said.

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Danish police go for walk with sleeping children in prams after kindergarten evacuation

Copenhagen Police have released a photo showing officers taking sleeping children for a walk in their prams after their kindergarten was evacuated due to a suspected gas leak.

Danish police go for walk with sleeping children in prams after kindergarten evacuation

Police in Copenhagen followed a parents’ golden rule on Tuesday when they took care not to wake sleeping children after evacuating their kindergarten.

The police and fire services in Copenhagen evacuated an integrated school, kindergarten and creche in the Frederiksberg district after a strong gas smell was detected in the vicinity.

At the time of the evacuation, some of the little ones from the creche (vuggestue) were taking their afternoon naps, resulting in an unusual task for law enforcement.

Several officers took sleeping children for a walk in their prams, police said on Twitter and posted a photo of the “pram patrol”.

Students from the school also accompanied officers on the walk to the nearby Frederiksberg Center shopping mall, according to the police tweet.

“Nobody was hurt but because this might nevertheless be a dramatic experience, our local police and Copenhagen Fire Department will this week visit both the school and kindergarten to follow up and talk to the children again,” police said in a second tweet.

The source of the leak was found to be a cable which was subsequently dug up to stop the leakage, broadcaster DR earlier reported.

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