17-year-old Bulgarian citizen shot dead at hairdressers in Copenhagen

17-year-old Bulgarian citizen shot dead at hairdressers in Copenhagen
Copenhagen police at the scene of Friday's shooting. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix
Police in Copenhagen backtracked after first identifying the victim of Friday's shooting as a 17-year-old Swedish youth.

Two men wearing black rain gear with the hoods pulled down opened fire at a hairdressers on Islev Torv in the Copenhagen suburb of Rødovre, shortly after midday on Friday.

A 15-year-old Danish boy, who police said was a pupil at a nearby school, and a 21-year-old man were also injured in the attack.

Police first said the 17-year-old boy was Swedish, but later said that he was in fact a Bulgarian citizen who had arrived in Scandinavia earlier this year. Swedish news agency TT reported it was not clear whether or not he had a connection to Sweden.

The attack came just a day after a man was shot in the back in the Copenhagen district of Nørrebro, with Danish police arresting two suspects an hour afterwards. One of those suspects was a 21-year-old man from Gothenburg, who has previously been jailed in Sweden.

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Copenhagen police on Friday evening said in a press release that they considered the two shootings were gang related, and were imposing a “visitation zone”, around Rødovre and Herlev to prevent violent reprisals. 

“While we work hard to stop this and prosecute the culprits, our citizens must be able to feel safe where they live and move – and with a visitation zone, we make it harder for criminals to carry out their activities in the area,” said Police Director Kim Christiansen, Copenhagen West Region Police. 

Danish police have yet to arrest anyone for involvement in the second shooting, and are asking anyone who witnessed the event to come in to the mobile police station set up at the square, or to ring 004543861448. 

When an area is designated a “visitation zone”, police are empowered to carry out random inspections on anyone within the areas, checking their clothing, vehicles, and bodies. 

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Swedish gangs were behind the worst shooting seen in Copenhagen in 2019, when two members of the Shottaz gang from the troubled Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby were killed by a rain of bullets in the Copenhagen suburb of Herlev. 

In August last year, three men belonging to the rival Death Patrol from the same Stockholm suburb, were sentenced to 20 years in prison by a court in Glostrup, outside Copenhagen.


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