Two killed, one injured in Bornholm shooting

Two people were shot and killed early Tuesday morning on the island of Bornholm, while a third was seriously injured.

Two killed, one injured in Bornholm shooting
Police on the scene in Rønne. Photo: Morten Brandborg/Scanpix
Bornholm Police said that it received a report of shots fired shortly before 5am Tuesday at a residence in the town of Rønne. When police arrived at the scene, they found a man and a woman shot dead. An additional man was severely wounded by gunfire. 
Police believe that the dead man likely killed the woman before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide. 
The injured man has been taken to hospital.
“It was the severely injured man, aged 68, who reported the shooting incident. He has been taken to Bornholm Hospital, where is condition is fairly stable according to the doctors,” Bornholm Police spokesman Peter Højgaard Jørgensen told Ekstra Bladet. 
Police say that a shotgun found at the scene is the likely murder weapon. 
Officers are working from the theory that there was a some sort of dispute between the three individuals.
“We can’t rule out that there is a fourth person involved but as of now it looks like it was a clash between these three people,” Jørgensen told Berlingske. 
Rønne is the largest town on Bornholm, with a population of around 14,000. 

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Denmark to add war crimes to criminal code

Denmark is to give international war crimes a specific paragraph in its criminal code, ending its position as one of the last European countries not to have specific laws on war crimes.

Denmark to add war crimes to criminal code

The government confirmed on Tuesday that it supports a motion by the opposition Socialist People’s Party (SF) to introduce a war crimes paragraph.

“I think it’s important to say first and foremost that war crimes are already illegal in Danish criminal law,” Justice Minister Peter Hummelgaard told news wire Ritzau.

“It is not written in as specific clauses in the criminal law, but all offences that are war crimes are criminal,” he said.

“But with all that said, I think that SF has an important point in saying that the time has now come for us to introduce an independent criminalisation of war crimes. I think that would send out an important message to the world, and especially to victims,” he said.

“I will therefore, when the motion is discussed tomorrow [Tuesday, ed.] say, that the government backs criminalising war crimes independently under Danish law,” he said.

Hummelgaard plans to initiate a committee to look into how laws against war crimes can be written and added to the criminal code.

The committee will also consider whether sentences for war crimes should be higher than existing sentences given from crimes such as murder and torture.