Suspected shooter in Copenhagen shooting has psychiatric history

In stricken Denmark, the investigation into the murder in a Copenhagen shopping center on Monday focused on the mental state of the 22-year-old suspect, who released videos before the attack pretending to commit suicide with his guns.

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The alleged perpetrator of the attack, which took place late Sunday afternoon, was produced before a judge at the Copenhagen Court on Monday midday. Dressed in a blue T-shirt, he listened to the reading of the murder charges before the hearing continued behind closed doors to decide his placement in custody.

“It is known that he has a psychiatric history,” said Copenhagen Police Chief Inspector Soren Thomassen on Monday morning.

According to national radio and television broadcaster DR, citing several anonymous sources, the suspected shooter tried to join a psychological counseling service shortly before the events, which the authorities declined to confirm.

The rifle attack at a large shopping center, Fields, between downtown Copenhagen and the airport killed three people and injured 30, four of them seriously.

The drama rocked a festive weekend in the Scandinavian country between the jubilation of the Tour de France and the return of the huge Roskilde festival after two years of cancellation due to Covid.

“I believe that we have seldom experienced such a stark contrast as yesterday,” admitted Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who was there on Monday afternoon to commemorate the victims.

“Of course, very legitimate discussions will arise (…) in connection with the weapons used, in connection with psychiatry (…) But today I think that we must commemorate the victims, show our sympathy, our help and our support , and supports all those affected,” she said in front of the cameras.

The identity of the three people killed – a 47-year-old man, a 17-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl – as well as the injured, of various ages and genders, indicate that “they were randomly selected victims”. , a explained Søren Thomassen.

“Nothing in what we found indicates that it was an act of terrorism,” the investigator said, adding that the shooter acted alone.

Police confirmed Monday morning that they were looking at authentic videos of the suspect that had been circulating on social media since Sunday evening.

The 22-year-old young man, whose identity has been revealed but not made public, appears there posing with guns and mimicking suicidal gestures with a rifle and pistol.

He also mentions being treated with a powerful drug prescribed by a psychiatrist “that doesn’t work.”

The suspect’s YouTube and Instagram accounts were deactivated overnight, but the videos, which Danish media said were posted on Friday, are still circulating on other accounts.

Police say it is too early to decide the motive for the attack, but it appears to have been prepared in advance.

During the attack, the attacker carried a rifle, a pistol and a knife, according to Danish police and footage from witnesses. Guns he wasn’t licensed to use.

According to the police, the arrest was made without any problems around 5:50 p.m. (3:50 p.m. GMT) near the shopping center around fifteen minutes after the first shots were reported.

The four shot and injured people are still “in serious condition”. They are two Danish women aged 19 and 40 and two Swedes, a 50-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl.

23 people were also slightly injured in the panic triggered by the shooting at the mall, police said on Monday.

According to an AFP journalist on the spot, the area around the mall, which was still closed, was quiet on Monday morning. An investigative team of about fifteen people entered the building at around 08:30 (06:30 GMT).

The latter was very popular due to a 13,500-seat concert by British star Harry Styles planned in a large neighboring hall, the Royal Arena. The show was canceled at the last minute.

“I am heartbroken with the people of Copenhagen. I love this city. The people there are so warm and full of love,” the singer said on Twitter.

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