COPENHAGEN — The man accused of shooting and killing three people in a Copenhagen shopping mall this weekend is not authorized to possess the weapon used in the attack, but officials believe he has no terrorist motive, authorities said on Monday.
“Our assessment is that these are random victims,” said Copenhagen Police Chief Inspector Soren Thomassen.
The three killed in Denmark’s largest shopping mall on Sunday were a 17-year-old Danish man, a 17-year-old Danish woman and a 47-year-old Russian citizen living in Denmark, inspector Soren Thomassen said. .
The other four people who were shot were identified as two Danish citizens, a 40-year-old woman and a 19-year-old woman; and two Swedish citizens, a 50-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl. They are all in serious condition.
Inspector Thomason said the suspect has been identified as a 22-year-old Danish man, who has not been released by name, who is well known in mental health services. Police said the suspect is expected to appear in court within 24 hours of the attack for a preliminary hearing and will be formally charged with manslaughter.
“I will wait to comment on motive, retaliation or otherwise,” Inspector Thomason said, noting that “there is no indication that the suspect has cooperated with anyone else.”
The shooting took place at Field’s shopping center, which is not from the center of the Danish capital Copenhagen, which houses more than 140 stores, including Danish and international fashion brands.
As the attack unfolded, people scrambled to leave the mall, while others tried to seek shelter inside the mall’s KFC restaurant, according to eyewitness accounts and videos and pictures posted on social media. According to reports, mall staff had set up the door as a barricade and remained there for about 45 minutes.
Gun violence in Denmark is relatively low, at least compared to such incidents in the United States.This European country is a bit too much 1 in 100,000 people is killed by a gun According to the Gun Violence Data Repository maintained by the University of Sydney, each year.