A 30-year-old man was killed and four other people were injured in a shooting on Saturday in a part of Copenhagen known for its counterculture ambience and thriving hashish trade, according to Danish police.
Danish media was informed by Copenhagen police spokesman Poul Kjeldsen that two masked shooters opened fire inside a structure in the Christiania neighbourhood.
According to Kjeldsen, the shooting is thought to have been related to criminal gangs, according to Denmark’s TV2.
He claimed that one of the injured was in a serious but stable condition, while the others only sustained minor wounds.
Late on Saturday, police were still looking for the shooters.
Since hippies began squatting in an abandoned military base in the 1970s, Christiania has been a roving anarchist commune. Up until 2004, when police began to tighten down on the drug trade, hashish sales were tolerated there by the authorities. Even so, the hashish trade has thrived despite sporadic violent outbursts connected to criminal organisations.