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Danish gang member in critical condition after Copenhagen shooting

A 20-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot in the Tingbjerg district of Copenhagen in the early hours of Friday.

Danish gang member in critical condition after Copenhagen shooting
Photo: Jens Dresling/Polfoto/Ritzau

An overturned car was found by police responding to the incident at the cross between the Åkandevej and Ruten roads at 2:30am, police deputy inspector Dannie Rise confirmed.

“One person who was shot was sitting in the car,” Rise said.

The inspector declined to confirm where the man had been hit or how many times, but his condition was reported as ‘critical’ on Friday morning.

He is known to police in connection with Copenhagen’s ongoing gang conflict, which the shooting is also suspected as being connected to, reports Ritzau.

Police have not made any arrests in connection with the incident at the time of writing.

The suspected shooters may have fled from the scene in a white Audi that was later found aflame in a parking lot in the town of Taastrup just outside Copenhagen.

“It is common knowledge that they [gang members, ed.] drive away and set their cars on fire after shootings. It is too early to say whether the two things are connected in this case,” Rise said.

Police were carrying out forensic investigations and interviewing witnesses on Friday morning.

Security camera footage may also help with police investigation of the crime.

“We must also take care of the victim’s relatives,” Rise said.

The 20-year-old is currently in intensive care at Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet, where police are also present – due in part to concerns for the man’s safety.

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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.

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