Danish Mall shooting not an “act of terror”: Police

Danish Mall shooting not an “act of terror”: Police

Police told reporters there was no indication that the suspect worked with others.


Danish police said on Monday that a shooting at a Copenhagen shopping mall that left three people dead and several injured could not be viewed as an “act of terror” based on existing evidence.

A 22-year-old Danish male has been arrested and charged with murder. He will face questioning before a judge later on Monday.

Chief Police Inspector Soren Thomson told reporters there was no indication that the suspect acted in connivance with others.

“There has been some sort of deliberation and preparation[by the suspect]leading up to this horrific incident,” Thomson told a news conference without providing details about the perpetrator’s possible motives.

“Our current assessment is that these are random victims.”

The incident shook Denmark over a weekend in which it hosted the first three stages of the Tour de France cycle race and hundreds of thousands of cheers took to the streets across the country.

The shooter killed two 17-year-olds, a man and a woman, and a 47-year-old Russian citizen living in Denmark.

Four other people were also injured in the firing. A health official from the Danish emergency medical services said three of them were now stable and one was in critical condition.

The injured included two Swedish nationals, a 50-year-old man and a 16-year-old woman.

Several people sustained minor injuries while fleeing from the spot, but not from bullets.

The attack came as several young people gathered in a mall on Sunday evening ahead of a concert by British singer Harry Styles in Copenhagen, not far from a shopping centre. The concert was cancelled.

Styles wrote on Twitter, “My heart is broken with the people of Copenhagen. I adore this city. The people are so warm and full of love. I am devastated to see the victims, their families and everyone else hurt.” I’m done.”

“I’m sorry we couldn’t be together. Please take care of each other.”

Police said the suspect, known to psychiatrists in Denmark, had a rifle, ammunition and a knife when he was arrested.

Danish gun laws are strict and with the exception of some hunting rifles all weapons require a police-issued license. Police said the weapons used by the suspect were legitimate, but the shooter did not have a license to use them.

Denmark’s largest cinema operator Nordisk Film, which has a location in Field’s shopping centre, said it has decided to close its theaters nationwide on Monday because of the shooting.

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