Shooting in Danish shopping center not an “act of terror”: police

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


A shooting at a shopping center in Copenhagen that left three people dead and several injured cannot be considered an “act of terror” based on current evidence, Danish police said Monday.

A 22-year-old Danish man has been arrested and charged with manslaughter. He will be questioned in front of a judge later on Monday.

Police Superintendent Soren Thomassen told reporters there was no indication the suspect had acted with others.

“There has been some kind of consultation and preparation (by the suspect) up to this terrible event,” Thomassen told a news conference without giving details about the possible motives of the perpetrator.

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

The incident shocked Denmark at the end of a week in which it hosted the first three stages of the Tour de France cycling race and hundreds of thousands of cheering Danes took to the streets across the country.

The gunman 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 by a gunshot. Three of them were now stable and one remained in critical condition, a health official from the Danish emergency medical services said.

Among the injured were two Swedish citizens, a 50-year-old man and a 16-year-old woman.

A number of people were slightly injured when they fled, but not from gunfire.

The attack took place as many young people flocked to the mall for a concert to be held Sunday evening, not far from the mall, by British singer Harry Styles in Copenhagen. The concert was cancelled.

“I am devastated along with the people of Copenhagen. I love this city. The people are so warm and full of love. I am devastated for the victims, their families and everyone who is in pain,” Styles wrote. on Twitter.

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

The suspect, who police say was known to psychiatrists in Denmark, was in possession of a rifle, ammunition and a knife when he was arrested.

Danish gun laws are strict and all guns, with the exception of some shotguns, require a police license. The type of weapon the suspect used was legal, police said, but the gunman was not licensed to use them.

Denmark’s largest cinema operator, Nordisk Film, which has a location in Field’s shopping center, said it had decided to close its theaters across the country on Monday over the shooting.

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and was generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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