Three dead and four seriously injured in shooting in Copenhagen shopping center

LONDON — At least three people were killed and four others seriously injured in a shooting at a shopping center in Copenhagen on Sunday, authorities said.

People are seen during the evacuation of the Fields shopping center after reports of a shooting in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 3, 2022.

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Police responded to reports of a shooting at Field’s shopping center in Denmark’s capital just before 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. A boy and a girl, both 17-year-old Danish citizens, and a 47-year-old Russian man were killed when a gunman opened fire there, according to Copenhagen Police Chief Inspector Søren Thomassen.

PHOTO: Armed police arrive at Field's shopping center after Danish police reported receiving reports of shootings, in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 3, 2022.

Armed police arrive at Field’s shopping center after Danish police reported receiving reports of shootings, in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 3, 2022.

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On Monday, four people – two Danish and two Swedish citizens – remain in hospital in critical but stable condition. Several others suffered minor injuries as they fled the mall, Thomassen said.

PHOTO: People run in front of Fields shopping center after reports of gunfire in Oerstad, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 3, 2022.

People run in front of the Fields shopping center after reports of gunfire in Oerstad, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 3, 2022.

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The suspect – a 22-year-old man with a history of mental health problems – was arrested on the spot, according to Thomassen. The man would be brought before a Danish court on Monday on a charge of murder.

PHOTO: People gather in front of Fields shopping center during evacuation by armed police in Oerstad, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 3, 2022.

People gather in front of the Fields shopping center during evacuation by armed police in Oerstad, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 3, 2022.

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The fatal shooting is still under investigation. Though a motive was unknown, Thomassen said the victims appeared to have been targeted at random and the gunman believed to have acted alone. There was also nothing to indicate terrorism, he said.

“There’s nothing in our investigation, or the documents we’ve looked at, or the things we’ve found, or the witness statements we’ve received that can prove that this is an act of terrorism,” the police inspector said. reporters during a press conference Monday.

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