Vollsmose arrests continue to pile up

Police doubtful that everyone involved in the Vollsmose saga will be brought to justice

(photo: Stephen Wright)
August 28th, 2012 2:51 pm| by admin
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Another arrest has been made in connection with the attack on the emergency department at Odense University Hospital. This time it was a 19-year-old man who faced the court in connection with the violence.

 

The trouble started during Eid celebrations in Vollsmose, an Odense suburb, when a 26-year-old man was shot in one leg and stabbed in the other, and another man, a 24-year-old, was hit by a car which fled the scene.

 

Police said the violence was likely the result of long-simmering conflicts between two rival gangs in the area.

 

After the shooting victim was brought into the emergency department at the Odense University hospital, a group of between 60-80 people stormed the hospital in an attempt to reach the shooting and hit-and-run victims. The group threatened hospital staff and police and vandalised vehicles. An ambulance and four police cars were destroyed.

 

A 26-year-old and a 20-year-old man are already in custody, charged with attempted murder for the shooting.

 

A 35-year-old man is being held for kicking the wounded man while he tried to hide behind a officer's leg, and an additional 19-year-old man has been arrested for vandalism and making threats at the hospital.

 

Police say that more arrests are likely, but the chaos of the attack coupled with malfunctioning video cameras at the hospital make it unlikely that everyone that participated will be held accountable.

 

"It is not likely that we will find everyone involved," Funen police commissioner Poul Bjørnholdt Løhde told the media. "We will take our time and try to find out who was there, but it is unlikely we will get information on all of them."

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