Danish police claim there are no signs that the attack on a Copenhagen shopping center was connected to terror.
On Sunday afternoon, three people were killed in the shooting. Four others were injured.
Soren Thomassen, chief inspector of Copenhagen, stated Monday morning that one of the three victims was a Russian citizen who lived in Denmark. Two Swedes were also critically injured.
He said that the gunman who opened fire probably acted alone and chose his victims randomly.
Thomassen stated that while the motive for the attack was not clear, it was consistent with terrorist activity. He also said that the suspect would appear in court Monday to face preliminary murder charges.
The police were summoned at 5.37 pm and the suspect was arrested 11 minutes later. He was a 22-year old “ethnic Dane” male.
The incident occurred at the Fields shopping center to the south in Copenhagen.
Footage shows an alleged gunman wearing knee-length socks, vest or sleevesless shirt and holding what appears to be a rifle.
Mette Frederiksen (Denmark’s prime minister) said that Denmark was under a “cruel attack”.
It is beyond comprehension. Heartbreaking. She said, “Pointless.”
“Our beautiful, and often so safe capital was altered in a split second.”
This was the deadliest gun attack in Denmark since February 2015. A 22-year old man was killed in a shootout between police and , who went on a rampage through the capital, leaving two people dead and five others wounded.
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People ran from the shopping center in images taken at the scene of Sunday’s shooting.
Rikke Levandovski, an eyewitness to the broadcaster TV2, said that people initially thought it was a thief. “Then I suddenly hear shots. Then I threw myself behind a counter inside the store,” Rikke stated.
She added that “He is only shooting at the crowd, and not up into the ceiling or onto the floor.”
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Isabella, another witness, said to public broadcaster DR that she heard shots suddenly from her friend. I hear approximately 10 shots, then I run as fast as possible into a bathroom.
“We squeezed into this tiny toilet, where we were around 11 people.”
Mette Frederiksen, Danish Prime Minister, stated that the country was under “cruel attack”.
It is beyond comprehension. Heartbreaking. She said, “Pointless.” “Our beautiful, and often so safe capital was altered in a split second.”