No evidence Copenhagen mall shooting was terror-related, authorities say

The gunman who slaughtered three people and injured four others at a busy shopping center in Denmark chose his victims at random, authorities said on Monday – as they insisted there was no evidence it was terrorism.

The 22-year-old shooter – an unidentified Dane – opened fire with a rifle at the Field shopping center in Copenhagen on Sunday, killing a 17-year-old girl and boy, as well as a man 47 years old. old russian man.

Four others were hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Authorities have virtually ruled out that the attack was related to terrorism.

“There is nothing in our investigation, or the documents we have reviewed, or the things we have found, or the witness statements we have obtained, that can prove that this is an act of terrorism,” said Copenhagen Police Chief Inspector Søren Thomassen. reporters on Monday.

Frightened shoppers flee Field’s shopping center in Copenhagen after a gunman opened fire on Sunday, killing three people and injuring four others.
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A teenage girl said she saw people running out of a cinema as gunshots rang out.
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Investigators have not identified what triggered the attack, in which eyewitnesses said the “angry” gunman targeted shoppers while smashing windows. Thirty people were injured in total, many of them in a frantic race out of the mall.

The country’s last major mass shooting took place in 2015 – when two people were killed and six police officers were injured at a cultural center and a synagogue in Copenhagen.

The Dane suspected of Sunday’s attack obtained the rifle and another weapon illegally. He was also known to mental health providers in Denmark, Thomassen said without giving further details.

Thomassen has previously described the shooter as “ethnic Dane”, usually used to describe someone white.

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Four others were hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
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The shooter was described as a “stock Dane”, usually used to describe someone white.
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The suspect appeared for a hearing Monday in a packed courtroom, where he was arraigned on charges of murder and four counts of attempted murder. Lawyers for the alleged shooter refused to plead in the proceedings, which a judge ordered to be held behind closed doors, the BBC reported.

Investigators are looking into videos of a young gunman that have been circulating on social media since Sunday, according to the outlet.

A teenage girl said she saw people running out of a cinema as gunshots rang out.

“I didn’t really know where to exit because I don’t know the mall very well, so I just followed a large group on some kind of roof, and luckily we found an emergency exit,” Isabella Hjertholm, 13-year-old told the BBC.

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Shoppers hug as police evacuate Field’s shopping center in Copenhagen, where three people were shot and killed on Sunday.
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Some buyers hid in bathrooms and storage closets during filming.

The suspect was taken into custody around 13 minutes after cops were alerted to the gunshots, the BBC reported.

The shooting panicked shoppers and prompted singer Harry Styles to cancel a show scheduled for Sunday night in the Danish capital.

Some of the shoppers told Danish media they were hiding in bathrooms or storage cupboards as the chaos unfolded, the BBC reported.

“Suddenly we hear gunshots – 10 shots I think – and then we run through the mall and end up in a toilet, where we huddle in this tiny toilet, where there are about 11 of us,” said a woman identified as Isabelle. “It’s really hot and we’re waiting and we’re really scared. It was a terrible experience.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, meanwhile, called Monday’s attack “exceptionally brutal” as millions of Danes celebrated the weekend and watched closely as the Tour de France started on Friday.

“I think we have rarely experienced such a stark contrast as yesterday,” Frederiksen told reporters, according to The New York Times. “In a split second, the celebration and the joy stopped and the worst possible thing happened to us.”

With post wires

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