Danish police receive few clues after Copenhagen shooting

Very little information has been received by the police after a call for public assistance in the investigation of a fatal shooting earlier this week.

Danish police receive few clues after Copenhagen shooting
The scene of the shooting in Copenhagen on Tuesday. Photo: Jens Astrup / Ritzau Scanpix

A 39-year-old man was fatally wounded on Tuesday on Helgolandsgade, a small side street close to Copenhagen Central Station.

But police have so far received just four tips from the public, deputy superintendent Brian Belling said on Thursday.

“We are still very interested in receiving information,” Belling said.

The crime occurred on Tuesday afternoon, when a masked man stepped out of a car and walked directly towards the victim before firing.

The victim's pregnant girlfriend is reported to be a witness to the shooting. The distance between shooter and victim was under one metre.

The masked man fled from the scene in a black Audi A4, which was found at around 2:40pm the same afternoon, set on fire in a field in the village of Sengeløse, around 25 kilometres west of Copenhagen.

Police have asked for members of the public who were in the area where between around 1pm and 2:45pm to come forward.

Anyone who may have spotted the Audi, registration CE 51 588, in the Vesterbro or Frederiksberg districts of Copenhagen was also asked to contact police.

“We are working on several potential theories with regard to motive,” Belling said.

The victim did not live in the Vesterbro area, he added.

“Our suspicion is that the murder took place at a random location, but that the victim was not random,” the lead investigator said.

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Danish 7-Eleven stores back on grid after ransomware attack

Almost all of 7-Eleven’s 176 Denmark locations are back up and running with the help of a backup system, the company said on Thursday. 

Danish 7-Eleven stores back on grid after ransomware attack

In an email to news wire Ritzau, 7-eleven said that over 96 percent of its convenience stores across Denmark were now in “stable operation”. That corresponds to around 169 stores.

“We have technicians at the remaining stores who are working hard to get them up and running as soon as possible,” the company said in the email.

However, convenience stores at train stations (where you can buy a transport card) were only accepting Dankort (debit card) payments as of Wednesday evening.

All operational stores outside of train stations currently accept Mobile Pay (app) and cash payments, and many can take Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort. 

“We expect that all stores outside of train stations can accept all Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort during the course of tomorrow morning, and all stores at train stations [will be able to] during the course of the week,” the company wrote late on Wednesday.

The convenience store chain was on Monday hit by a cyber attack that forced all of its 176 stores in Denmark to close.

7-Eleven has confirmed that the outage was due to a ransomware attack — hackers demanded money to return access to the company’s data and systems. 

The attack has been reported to police.

The company’s CEO, Jesper Østergaard, told Ritzau he did not know the extent of losses suffered by 7-Eleven as a result of the incident.