Danish police conduct weapons searches after shooting in Odense neighbourhood

No injuries have been reported after shots were fired in Vollsmose, an underprivileged area of Odense, on Tuesday evening.

Danish police conduct weapons searches after shooting in Odense neighbourhood
A file photo of Vollsmose, Odense. Photo: Malte Kristiansen/Ritzau Scanpix

A witness described shots being fired from the back seat of a black car, Ritzau reports.

Police have implemented a stop-and-search zone (Danish: visitationszone) as a result of the incident.

As such, police officers in the area are able to search persons and vehicles for weapons without needing any prior cause for doing so.

A number of cars have already been searched by Funen Police in an attempt to shed light on the Tuesday evening shooting.

The shooting was reported to police at round 6pm on Tuesday, and two cars were subsequently seen driving away from the scene of the reported violence.

Seven men were subsequently arrested throughout the evening and night.

“They have all been released again. But they are still suspected of aggravated violence,” Funen Police inspector Milan Holck Nielsen said.

“We are still investigating vehicles which we have brought in to see whether we can uncover anything further,” he added.

The seven arrested individuals are all men and their years of birth range between 1996 and 2001. Details of their exact ages were not given.

They are suspects under clause 245 of Denmark’s criminal law, which relates to violent assault. Details of their individual roles or motives for involvement in the incident have not been given.

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Odense: Light rail in Danish city delayed until 2022

The new Light Rail (Letbane) in Denmark’s third-largest city Odense will not open until next year. It was scheduled for completion in 2021.

Odense: Light rail in Danish city delayed until 2022
Construction of the light rail in Odense. Photo: Tim Kildeborg Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix

The delay was confirmed by transport minister Benny Engelbrecht in a written notification to parliament.

 “The beginning of operations at Odense Letbane will be delayed from September 1st 2021 until around New Year 2021-22,” the statement reads.

“This is because the company [Odense Letbane, ed,] can confirm that the [contractor] cannot live up to agreed schedule for handover of the transport system, apparently as a consequence of Covid-19,” Engelbrecht also wrote.

In a statement, Odense Letbane said that the primary contractor, Comsa, had recently given notice that the development would be delayed.

“We have recently been able to see that it would be more difficult for Comsa to finish in time for the planned opening. We have naturally maintained pressure on Comsa for as long as possible,” Odense Letbane CEO Mogens Hagelskær said in the statement, which was reported by TV2 Fyn.

“But the primary contractor has now presented a new schedule… and we must unfortunately concede that the light rail will not be able to open until around New Year,” Hagelskær added.

Spanish firm Comsa has said that the ongoing situation related to the coronavirus across Europe has resulted in difficulties in supplying labour and materials for the project in Denmark. The company has also had to adapt its working methods, which involve housing labourers in small groups, TV2 Fyn reports.

In 2017, a light rail system in Aarhus opened after also experiencing construction delays.