Shooting in a shopping center in Denmark: terrorist act ruled out

A shooting occurred on Sunday in a shopping center in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, left three dead and four seriously injured, according to the authorities.

The Danish police reported today that they see no signs of terrorism and maintain the accusation of murder against the suspect arrested yesterday.

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In a press conference, the chief inspector of the Copenhagen police, Søren Thomassen, pointed out that the detainee, a 22-year-old Danish citizen who appears to have psychiatric problems, acted alone and that the action was premeditated, although the reasons are still unknown.

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The three dead are a 17-year-old woman and a 17-year-old man, both Danes, and a 47-year-old Russian citizen residing in Denmark, who police believe were random victims. The four seriously injured are two Danish women, aged 19 and 40, and a 16-year-old girl and a 50-year-old man, both Swedish. The three dead and the four seriously injured were hit by the shots, while several people suffered minor injuries during the escape from the Field’s shopping center.

On the other hand, the police called on citizens to contact the security forces if they saw something or if they have images, but asked that they not share them on social networks out of respect for the families of the victims.

In a previous press conference, Thomassen indicated that the author of the shots, who will be questioned throughout the day, he had a rifle and ammunition when he was arrested. The shooting occurred at 5:30 p.m. (local time) and caused a panic movement.

He was psycho enough to chase people, but he didn’t run

Many people had come to the place before a concert by British singer Harry Styles began. at a nearby concert hall. The event was canceled after the shooting.

According to witnesses interviewed by the Danish media, the suspect tried to mislead the victims, for example by saying that his gun was a fake, to get them to come closer.

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“He was psychopathic enough to chase people, but he didn’t run,” said a witness interviewed by DR public television. More than a hundred people ran out of the mall when the first shots were heardaccording to the photographs released after the incident.

Others had to stay in the mall. The police actually asked the people who were still in the building to stay inside.

Suddenly we heard shots, I heard ten shots, and we ran as fast as we could to the bathroom.Isabella, who did not provide her last name, told DR. She hid there for two hours.

A Harry Styles concert was scheduled near the mall.


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‘People in panic’

The mayor of the city, Sophie Haestorp Andersen, reported the installation of a crisis cell. The streets surrounding the shopping center were blocked by a wide security perimeter and the circulation of the subway was suspended, an ‘AFP’ journalist confirmed at the scene.

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A helicopter was flying over the area. Heavily armed police prevent residents from returning to their homes.

“My daughters planned to go [al concierto de] Harry Styles. They called me to say that someone was shooting. They were in a restaurant when it happened,” Hans Christian Stolz, a 53-year-old Swede who picked up his daughters at the scene, told ‘AFP’.

At first we thought it was people running because they were seeing Harry Styles, then we realized it was people panicking. (…) We ran for our lives,” added her daughter, Cassandra. Some images showed health personnel carrying an injured person on a stretcher and mothers comforting their children in their arms.

“My team and I are praying for all those affected by the shooting in the Copenhagen shopping center. I am in shock,” the British singer reacted on the Snapchat social network. The last attack in Copenhagen occurred on February 14 and 15, 2015 when a series of shootings at the hands of Islamists caused two deaths and five injuries.

Information from AFP and EFE

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Shooting in a shopping center in Denmark: terrorist act ruled out