Shooting in a shopping center in Denmark: the suspect acted alone and the incident was not related to terrorism, according to the police of Copenhagen


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Authorities say the shooting in Denmark, where a gunman opened fire in a busy shopping center in Copenhagen, killing three and injuring at least three, was not linked to terrorism.

The shooter likely acted alone and fired indiscriminately at random shoppers, Danish police said Monday, the day after the shooting.

People help a woman outside the Fields shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark, Sunday, July 3, 2022.P)
(Olafur Steinar Rye Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

Copenhagen Police Chief Inspector Søren Thomassen said the deceased victims included a Russian citizen and two Danish citizens. Among the victims were a man in his 40s and two “young people”, he said.

Thomassen said the suspect, identified only as a 22-year-old Dane, was arrested at the scene and the incident was not an act of terrorism.

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The police chief said at least three victims were seriously injured. They were of Danish and Swedish nationality, he added.

The motive for the shooting is not known at this time.

People are evacuated from the Field shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Sunday, July 3, 2022.

People are evacuated from the Field shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Sunday, July 3, 2022.
(Olafur Steinar Rye Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

The shooting took place around 5:37 p.m. and the suspect was arrested 11 minutes later, police said. A witness told Danish broadcaster TV2 that the shooter seemed “very violent and angry” and was “very proud of what he was doing”.

“It’s incomprehensible. Heartbreaking. Unnecessary,” Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said after the tragic incident. “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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People leave Field's shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark, Sunday, July 3, 2022.

People leave Field’s shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark, Sunday, July 3, 2022.
(Olafur Steinar Rye Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

The mall where the filming took place was close to where Harry Styles was due to hold a concert on Sunday night. The concert was later canceled in light of the shooting, Deadline reported.

“I’m heartbroken with the people of Copenhagen. I love this city. The people are so warm and full of love. I’m devastated for the victims, their families and everyone who is hurting,” Styles said on Twitter Sunday night. “I’m sorry we couldn’t be together. Please take care of each other. H”

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“My team and I are praying for everyone involved in the Copenhagen mall shooting. I’m in shock. I love H,” Styles added on Snapchat.

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The incident was the deadliest shooting in the country since February 2015.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.


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