The long-running Swedish gang conflict linked to Copenhagen double killing

The fatal shootings of two men in Herlev near Copenhagen last week may be connected with an ongoing and bloody conflict between two organized crime gangs in Swedish capital Stockholm.

The long-running Swedish gang conflict linked to Copenhagen double killing
The scene of the shooting in Herlev on June 25th. Photo: Mathias Øgendal/Ritzau Scanpix

Police in Sweden are therefore concerned that the situation could escalate following what appears to have been a liquidation in Copenhagen last week, in which the two victims' Swedish-registered car was riddled with shots from multiple weapons.

As a result, police presence has been stepped up in three Stockholm neighbourhoods in a bid to prevent further violence.

“Such an act almost always has consequences. That is something we are trying to prevent,” Stephan Kiernan, leader of Swedish police special unit Team 2022, told Svenska Dagbladet.

The police force will increase presence in the Rinkeby, Tensta and Kista areas in Stockholm.

One of the victims of last week's shooting, a 23-year-old, has been reported by several media to have a leading role in a gang known as Shottaz, which is connected to Rinkeby. The individual was manager for a local rapper who is currently in prison for weapons offences, according to Svenska Dagbladet.

Danish police appeared to have made a breakthrough in the case on Saturday, when a 21-year-old Swedish-speaking man was arrested in Aarhus before appearing in court at Glostrup near Copenhagen.

The nature of the charges against the man have not been made public.

Newspaper Ekstra Bladet published images showing the dramatic nature of the Aarhus arrest, showing a man climbing outside an apartment building two storeys above ground level.

That man belongs to another gang, Dödspatrullen, according to the Danish newspaper's report. The two Swedish crime groups have reportedly been in conflict since 2015, with seven people losing their lives as a result. Only one of those seven cases – the shooting of a man in a pizzeria in Rinkeby – has been solved by police.

Earlier this year, Svenska Dagbladet published an investigation in which it mapped out the structure of the two groups, in which 20 central figures have been convicted of 330 crimes.

A common feature of the gang members is their young age and serious nature of their crimes. The shooter in the pizzeria murder was just 16 years old.

All of the 20 individuals were known to social services in Stockholm, but efforts to steer them away from crime appear to have been ineffective.

“Some of them have little faith in the future,” a policeman close to the issue was quoted as saying in Svenska Dagbladet's report.

Copenhagen West Police superintendent Flemming Madsen declined on Sunday to comment further on the Danish investigation of the Herlev shooting.

READ ALSO: Man arrested over double killing of Swedes in Copenhagen: report

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Tour de France gets rapturous Danish reception in Copenhagen

Raucous crowds at the Copenhagen Tivoli theme park gave the Tour de France the kind of reception organisers could only have dreamed of on Wednesday.

Tour de France gets rapturous Danish reception in Copenhagen

The loudest cheers were for Danish riders such as Jonas Vingegaard and for the biggest names led by champion Tadej Pogacar.

Staff at the park said only rock stars had attracted such crowds before.

Pogacar, who rides for UAE Team Emirates’, said he was excited too.

“As a team we are ready, and me and as an individual I’m ready too, so I can’t wait to start of Friday with the time trial,” the Slovenian said.

Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik attended the official unveiling of the teams, two days before the 21-day Tour opens with a 13km time-trial, the first of three stages in Denmark.

Tivoli Park has around 25 fairground rides. On Wednesday the 176 cyclists added one, riding round a special 1km track to be greeted by thousands of smiling, cheering and filming fans.

“I feel great, especially today with all these people in Copenhagen, you can only be happy.” said Pogacar.