Shooting in Copenhagen | The shooter is being held in a psychiatric ward

(Copenhagen) In an injured Denmark, the suspected perpetrator of the murder in a Copenhagen shopping center was transferred to psychiatric detention on Monday and the mental health of the 22-year-old gunman is now the focus of investigations.

Updated yesterday at 9:51am.

Camille BAS-WOHLERT with Marc PREEL
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The suspect, arrested shortly after the shooting, was produced before a judge in the Danish capital, who charged him with three murders, including two teenagers, and seven attempted murders.

After a two-hour hearing, his provisional detention was ordered for 24 days, renewable, but in a “closed psychiatric ward.” At the request of the prosecutor and with the consent of the defense, the decision will be accompanied by an examination of his mental state.

Police announced Monday morning that the suspect, described as “ethnic” Dane, “is known to have a psychiatric history”.

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 attack, which was mainly carried out with a rifle, killed three people and injured 30, including four seriously, at a large shopping center, Fields, which lies between central Copenhagen and the capital’s airport.


PHOTO ANNEGRET HILSE, REUTERS

People laid wreaths outside a door in Fields Mall.

The drama rocked a festive weekend in the Scandinavian country between the jubilation of the Tour de France and the return of the massive Roskilde music festival after two years of cancellation due to COVID-19.

“Very valid discussions”

“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 […] related to the weapons used, related to psychiatry […] But today I feel that we must pay tribute to the victims, show our compassion, help and support and support all those affected,” she said in front of the cameras.

A ceremony to commemorate the victims will be organized on Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. near the mall, Copenhagen Mayor Sophie H. Andersen announced on Twitter.

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”. , said Copenhagen Police Chief Søren Thomassen.


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The police are guarding the Fields mall.

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

The police confirmed on Monday morning the authenticity of several videos of the suspect that have been circulating on social networks since Sunday evening.

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

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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 believe it is too early to comment on the motive for the attack but appears to have been prepared in advance.

Four seriously injured

According to the police, the arrest took place around 5:50 p.m. in front of the shopping center without any problems, around a quarter of an hour after the first shots were reported.

Four gunshot wounds 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. Three other people also suffered minor gunshot wounds, police said on Monday.

20 people were also slightly injured in the panic triggered by the shooting at the mall.

The latter was hugely popular due to a 13,500-seat concert by British star Harry Styles scheduled at a major venue nearby, 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 responded on Twitter.

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