Shooting at a mall in Denmark: Suspect acted alone and incident was not terrorism-related, Copenhagen police say

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Authorities claim shooting in Denmark as an armed man opened fire on a busy shopping center in Copenhagen, resulting in the death of three people and at least three others were injured was not terrorism related.

The shooter likely acted alone and shot indiscriminately at random shoppers, according to Danish police on Monday, the day after the shooting.

People help a woman in front of the Fields shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sunday 3 July 2022 P)

People help a woman in front of the Fields shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sunday 3 July 2022 P)
(Olafur Steinar Rai Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

Chief Inspector of Copenhagen Police Søren Thomassen said that among the dead were one Russian citizen and two Danish citizens. According to him, among the victims were a man in his 40s and two “young people”.

Thomassen said the suspect, identified only as a 22-year-old Dane, was arrested at the scene and that the incident was not terrorist act.

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The police chief said at least three of the victims were seriously injured. He added that they were citizens of Denmark and Sweden.

The motive for the shooting is not yet known.

People are evacuated from the Filda shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sunday, July 3, 2022.

People are evacuated from the Filda shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sunday, July 3, 2022.
(Olafur Steinar Rai Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

The shooting occurred at approximately 5:37 p.m., and the suspect was apprehended 11 minutes later, police said. An eyewitness told Danish television channel TV2 that the shooter looked “very violent and angry” and was “very proud of what he was doing.”

“It’s incomprehensible. Heartbreaking. It makes no sense,” Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said after the tragic incident. “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital city changed in a split second.”

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People leave the Field shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sunday, July 3, 2022.

People leave the Field shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sunday, July 3, 2022.
(Olafur Steinar Rai Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

The mall where the shooting took place was nearby. the place where Harry Styles was supposed to hold a concert on Sunday evening. The concert was subsequently canceled due to the shooting, according to Deadline.

“I am heartbroken along with the people of Copenhagen. I love this city. The people are so warm and full of love. I am devastated for the victims, their families and all who are suffering,” Styles tweeted Sunday night. “I’m sorry we couldn’t be together. Please take care of each other. X”

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“My team and I are praying for everyone involved in the Copenhagen shopping mall shooting. I’m shocked. Love H,” Styles added on Snapchat.

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The incident was deadliest shooting ever in the country since Feb. 2015.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.