Police appeal to Copenhagen youths after fatal shooting

Police in Copenhagen have called for young people who may have information relating to the death of a teenager earlier this week to come forward.

Police appeal to Copenhagen youths after fatal shooting
Friends place tributes outside the home of the 16-year-old shooting victim, who died on Monday. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix

A 16-year-old died of his injuries after being shot in Copenhagen’s Østerbro district earlier this week.

Young people with potentially important information relating to the crime may be reticent about coming forward with information, police said.

“Somebody knows something,” Copenhagen Police lead investigator Hans Erik Raben told news agency Ritzau.

Police believe that possible witnesses have so far not come forward in connection with the case, and have therefore issued a further appeal, according to the report.

“Perhaps people are scared and afraid, but we strongly request that they come forward,” Raben added.

The investigator encouraged young people with potential information to “speak to their parents or go to the police,” writes Ritzau.

Police are already speaking to teenagers as young as 13 or 14 years old in connection with their investigation.

On Monday night, six shots were fired in the direction of the 16-year-old on the Ragnhildgade street in Copenhagen.

The teenager was on his way home from playing sports at the nearby Tagensbo School, according to Ritzau’s report.

Two, three or four youths then passed and fired a weapon before fleeing the scene.

They were picked up by a medium-to-large sized dark car on the nearby Studgaardsgade street.

The victim was shot at the entrance to his own home, where he lived with his parents, who are Albanians who originally lived in Macedonia, reports Ritzau.

He was the couple’s only child. 

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Copenhagen police lift stop-and-search zone

Police in Copenhagen have announced that stop and search zones put in place following a spate of knife violence in the Danish capital will now be lifted, after no further incidents occurred in the last week.

Copenhagen police lift stop-and-search zone

The stop and search zones (also called “visitation zones”), which were in effect in parts of the Nørrebro and Nordvest neighbourhoods, will not be continued and will expire on Thursday, police confirmed.

Recent weeks have not seen any further incidents, police stated, in reference to a spate of violence that flared in the area at the end of 2022.

When the zones are in effect, police within the zone can stop people and check their possessions without meeting the usual requirements to do so.

The stop-and-search zone was put in place on December 29th in response to five stabbings within a week in Copenhagen. It was extended on January 5th.

At the time, police said they believed several of the stabbings were between young men associated with criminal circles, but that there had been no sign of a conflict between established crime groups.

In Thursday’s tweet, police said that investigations into the incidents were “progressing”. No arrests have yet been made.