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Shootings in Aarhus mar holiday weekend as gang violence escalates

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Shootings in Aarhus mar holiday weekend as gang violence escalates
The City Vest shopping centre in Brabrand, Aarhus. File photo: Chran/Wikimedia Commons
16:53 CEST+02:00
No injuries were reported during the latest shooting in Aarhus’ western neighbourhood of Brabrand, the latest in in a series of gang-related incidents over the public holiday weekend.

The neighbourhood, which has been plagued by organised crime-related violence in recent weeks, was subjected to its latest shooting incident Monday, reports news agency Ritzau.

Several shots were fired in the parking lot of the City Vest shopping centre at around 1:30am Monday, according to an East Jutland Police report.

The individuals that who fired the shots were no longer at the scene when police arrived, but examination of the area showed two cars to have been hit by bullets, says the report.

East Jutland Police have made as many as 100 arrests in recent weeks in an attempt to quell a simmering gang-related conflict in the neighbourhood, reports Ritzau.

The conflict is reportedly linked to attempts by Copenhagen-based gang ‘Loyal to Familia’ to establish itself in the Jutland town.

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Police in Aarhus arrested six people connected to organised crime Saturday – but this was not enough to stop shootings.

At around 8pm Saturday, police received reports of two groups exchanging fire near the Bispehavevej area.

Two men were subsequently arrested and charged with aggravated assault and attempted murder, and were remanded in custody for four weeks. Police have since arrested a 25-year-old man, who attended preliminary hearings Monday.

This was not the last of the weekend’s violence.

After two of the six individuals arrested on Saturday were released at around 1am Sunday, they were run down by a car on a road close to the police station. Both were injured in the incident, with one of the two suffering a broken leg, reports Ritzau. 

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