Police probe Copenhagen shootings for connection

Three shootings in the greater Copenhagen area in under 24 hours on Sunday have police investigating whether the incidents could be related.

Police probe Copenhagen shootings for connection
File photo of a Copenhagen police officer. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Scanpix
Shortly after 8pm on Saturday night, police responded to a call in the western suburb of Albertslund where a 21-year-old man had been shot in the leg. Responding officers were met by stones thrown from unknown perpetrators, prompting a “massive” police presence.
Two hours later, another 21-year-old man was shot in the leg in Copenhagen’s Nordvest district. 
The following afternoon, two men, aged 21 and 48, were shot outside of a kiosk in the Emdrup neighbourhood near Østerbro. 
Police said late on Sunday that a possible connection between the incidents is being investigated. 
“We cast a wide net when these types of shootings happen and thus also are also looking at whether there is a connection between them,” Copenhagen Police spokesman Danni Rise told Politiken. 
Witnesses in Emdrup told Politiken that they heard three gunshots, a loud scream and the sound of squealing tyres. Copenhagen Police confirmed that two cars were seen fleeing the scene and said that both gunshot victims were taken to hospital for emergency treatment. 
Further away from the capital, two men also suffered gunshot wounds in the southwestern Zealand town of Næstved. The two men, aged 19 and 20, were “both hit by a single shot”,  South Zealand and Lolland-Falster Police spokesman Anders Mikkelsen told Ritzau. 
Næstved was also home to a shooting on Friday night in which a 30-year-old man was struck multiple times in what police said was a gang-related conflict. One person was arrested for that shooting.