Two Israelis were shot this afternoon in a shopping mall in the town of Odense, Denmark. All the news articles about the incident are at pains to emphasize that no one knows whether the nationality of the victims was a factor in the crime.
It’s noteworthy, however, that police are looking for a “man of Arabic appearance” in connection with the shooting. Only in Denmark — can you imagine police in the USA making such a public announcement?
According to Ekstra Bladet (my translation):
Videocamera may reveal gunman
Police are looking for a young man of Arabic appearance in connection with the shooting of two Israelis in Odense
Images from a surveillance camera may have captured the a young man who this afternoon at 3:20 drew a pistol and shot and wounded two Israeli men in the Rosengård shopping mall in Odense. One was hit in the arm, and the other in the leg, according to Odense police.
The offender is described as Arabic in appearance, about 25 years old, 170 cm (5 feet 6 inches) tall, with dark hair and a dark mustache. He was wearing a white jacket or sweater and blue jeans.
“We can’t say whether he is Palestinian, Iraqi, Bosnian, or where he comes from,” said police spokesman Lars Thede, and adds:
“It is too early to say anything about the suspect.”
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The two Israelis have been in Denmark for a week selling hair-care products from a booth in the mall. The police have been stationed in the mall for about a month and a group of seven to nine young people have allegedly harassed sales staff.
Thought it was fireworks
An eyewitness, Alem Dervisevic, says that he initially thought the shots were fireworks.
“But then I noticed that people ran in panic. I saw blood and a man lying on the floor near Kvickly,” he says to TV2.
The news about the shooting, with its strong political undertones, immediately went around the world and has been reported, among other places, in American and Israeli media. For six days Israel has been carrying out a military action against Gaza. Nearly 400 Palestinians have died during the attacks.
Hat tip: Steen.