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Copenhagen shopping mall shooting: Suspect locked up in psychiatric facility for 24 days, police say

Copenhagen shopping mall shooting: Suspect locked up in psychiatric facility for 24 days, police say
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The 22-year-old Dane was known to psychiatric professionals, the police previously said.

The shooting took place at multiple locations at Field’s shopping center on Sunday the Danish capital. Social media footage showed people running through the mall and heavily armed police officers at the scene.

At a press conference on Monday morning, Copenhagen Police Chief Soren Thomassen said two 17-year-old Danish citizens, a man and a woman, and a 47-year-old Russian were killed in the gunfire.

Two other Danes and two Swedish nationals suffered gunshot wounds and are in critical but stable condition in hospital, while several others suffered minor injuries while exiting the mall, Thomassen said.

The man arrested in connection with the shooting is currently the only suspect. Thomassen said there was no indication the suspect worked with others, but an investigation is ongoing.

Earlier, police said they arrested the suspect 13 minutes after receiving the first 911 call and that he was “carrying a gun and ammunition” at the time of his arrest.

At Monday’s news conference, Thomassen said there was no indication the attack was an “act of terrorism” or gender-specific, and police believe the victims were chosen at random. The suspect was “known to people in the psychiatric field,” he said.

Mass shootings are rare in Denmark

Gun violence is relatively rare in Denmark. The last major shooting in Copenhagen happened in 2015 when a gunman attacked a free speech forum featuring controversial cartoonist Lars Vilks, who killed one man and injured three others.

As investigators piece together the circumstances that led to Sunday’s fatal shooting, questions are being asked about how the alleged gunman could have obtained the gun and ammunition used in the attack, as Denmark is said to have one of the most restrictive gun laws in Europe.

While gun ownership in the United States is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law in Denmark, according to GunPolicy.org, an organization that monitors international gun policy.

Through restrictive licensing, the Danish authorities are attempting to reduce firearm violence by significantly reducing the number of firearms in circulation. An applicant for a gun license in Denmark must pass a background check that takes into account criminal and mental health, GunPolicy.org said.

Only licensed gun owners may lawfully purchase, possess, or transfer a firearm or ammunition. According to GunPolicy.org, applicants for a gun license in Denmark must show a genuine reason for owning a firearm, e.g. B. hunting, target shooting, collection

Danish police confirmed on Monday that the suspected shooter did not have a permit, according to Copenhagen police chief Thomassen.

“Run, run, run, there’s still shooting”

Eyewitness Joachim Olsen, a former Danish politician and athlete, told CNN that he was on his way to a gym at Field’s when he saw large groups of people exiting the mall.

“It looked like something, I’m sorry to say, like something you would see from a school shooting in the US, people coming out with their hands up,” Olsen said.

“You have people running out, looking for friends and calling friends and family members who were inside, some talking to friends who were inside,” he said. “Old people with their arms around the necks of the porters, whose feet are just dragged across the floor.”

Outside the mall, Olsen spoke to a man speaking to an off-duty paramedic whose arms were “covered in blood up to the elbows.”

“He wanted to go back in, but the police wouldn’t let him,” Olsen said.

According to Olsen, security tried to get the crowd to move away from the mall.

“Eventually we were chased away. The police came and said, ‘Run, run, run, they’re still shooting in there.'”

A spokesman for Rigshospitalet, Denmark’s largest hospital, told CNN that the hospital had taken in several victims and requested additional staff to deal with the emergency.

People run out of Field shopping mall on July 3, 2022 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

A victim phone line has been set up and police said they have set up a central point for eyewitnesses to receive assistance and report their experiences to law enforcement.

Danish police on Sunday said they had evacuated thousands from the Royal Arena venue next to the mall. The arena was supposed to be hosting a Harry Styles concert, but it was canceled after the shooting.
And a expression On Sunday evening, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen expressed her condolences to the wounded, their families and survivors, and “all Danes who were close to these frightening events”.

“We were all brutally ripped out of the bright summer that had just begun. It’s unbelievable. heartbreaking. Meaningless. Our beautiful and usually so safe capital has been transformed in a split second,” said Frederiksen.

In a statement, the Danish royal family said: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with the victims, their families and everyone affected by the tragedy.”

The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, also expressed her solidarity with the Danish people.

“Following the horrific reports of several people being killed in a shopping center shooting, my thoughts are with everyone in #Copenhagen tonight. We are with you Denmark,” she said tweeted.

Journalist Susanne Gargiulo reported from Copenhagen.

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