Copenhagen shooting: Gunman kills three in Field’s shopping mall

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COPENHAGEN – A gunman has killed three people and injured another four at a shopping mall in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen.

 

Police said the victims were two Danish 17-year-olds and a 47-year-old Russian citizen. Two Danes and two Swedes are in critical condition in hospital.

A 22-year-old man, described as “an ethnic Dane”, was arrested minutes after the shooting at Field’s center.

He had mental health issues and there is no indication of a terror motive, Police chief Soeren Thomassen said.

The suspect, who has not been identified, will face questioning by a judge on Monday.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Denmark had suffered a cruel attack.

She said she wanted to encourage Danes to stand together and support each other in this difficult time.

“Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second,” she said.

The deadly shopping mall attack took place as Denmark celebrated hosting the first three stages of the Tour de France for the first time.

The suspect had a rifle and ammunition when he was arrested, police said.

They have no indication that other attackers were involved and urged shop owners to preserve any video surveillance footage they might have.

Field’s has more than 140 shops and restaurants. The multi-story mall is on the outskirts of Copenhagen, just across from a subway line that connects to the city center.

Eyewitnesses spoke of panic among shoppers as gunfire rang out.

One of them, named Isabelle, told Danish media: “Suddenly we hear shots. I think I hear ten shots and then we run through the mall and end up in a toilet, where we huddle together in this tiny toilet, where we are around 11 people.

“It’s really hot and we wait and we are really scared. It’s been a terrible experience.”

Source: BBC

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