Gun violence in Copenhagen mall; manslaughter arrested and taken to court

 Monday, July 4, 2022 

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A man arrested on suspicion of killing three people and wounding several others during a shooting at a shopping mall in Copenhagen, busy city in Denmark was known to psychiatric professionals, Danish police said Monday.

The shooting happened on Sunday at multiple locations inside Field’s, a shopping center in the Danish capital. Social media footage showed people running through the mall and heavily armed law enforcement officers on the scene.

At a press conference on Monday, Copenhagen’s Head of Police Soren Thomassen said two 17-year-old Danish citizens, one male and one female, and a 47-year-old Russian national had been killed in the gunfire.

Two other Danes and two Swedish nationals had received gunshot wounds and were in hospital in critical but stable condition, while several others sustained minor injuries while leaving the mall, Thomassen said.

As of Monday, only one of the four injured remained in critical condition, according to Rigshospitalet hospital, where the majority of victims are receiving care.

A 22-year-old Danish man was arrested in connection with the shooting and is currently the only suspect. Thomassen said there is no indication the suspect was acting with others but an investigation was ongoing.

Earlier, the police had said they detained the suspect 13 minutes after receiving the first emergency call, and that he was “carrying a rifle and ammunition” at the time of his arrest.

At the news conference on Monday, Thomassen said there was no indication the attack neither was an “act of terror” nor motivated by gender, and police believe the victims were chosen at random. The suspect was “known to people in the psychiatric field,” he said.

The suspect will be charged with manslaughter, Thomassen added.

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