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Police say the motive for shooting in Copenhagen Mall is probably not terrorism

Several people were killed in a shooting in a shopping district in Copenhagen

Danish police killed three people on Monday whenfired in a crowded shopping centeracted alone and randomly selected victims Said it seems. ..

Authorities filed preliminary accusations and attempted murder against a 22-year-old Danish man who was detained in a safe mental health facility for 24 days while authorities were investigating the crime. Prosecutor Søren Harbo told reporters that he had gone.

After the custody hearing, defense counsel Luis Hozi said he agreed to have the client undergo a psychological examination. She did not comment on the charges. Police said the man was known for mental health services without elaboration.

Police have not identified the motive for the Sunday attack at one of Scandinavia's largest shopping centers. The suspect, who had a rifle and a knife, was immediately arrested, and Copenhagen police chief Søren Thomassen said the man had another gun. He said the firearms were illegally obtained, but did not provide further details.

Police and media are near the deadly shooting scene on July 4, 2022, the day after the busy Fields shopping mall. standing. , In Copenhagen. Danish police said on July 4, 2022, a 22-year-old suspect who died in a shooting was known to mental health services, and the victims appeared to have been randomly targeted, which was terrorism.THIBAULTSAVARY / AFP via Getty Images

"This was the worst nightmare," Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Monday. It was called "abnormally brutal."

According to Thomassen, the three killed were a 17-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, both Danish and a 47-year-old Russian man. Four more were hospitalized with gunshot wounds and were in critical but stable condition. A total of about 20 people were injured in a panicked stampede after a bullet struck at a field shopping center on the outskirts of the Danish capital.

Gun violence is relatively rare in Denmark. The last shooting on this scale was in February 2015, when a 22-year-old man was killed in a gun battle with police after an attack in the capital killed two people and injured five police officers. ..

The suspect, who could not be named by court order, was taken to the judge in a packed court on Monday and faced three attempted murders and four attempted murders. This is a step beyond the formal accusation, but authorities can detain a person during an investigation.

The media was dispatched when the court ruled that the hearing should be held in a closed room. It was not immediately clear how the suspect filed the complaint. According to police, he will continue to be detained until July 28.

Authorities say there are no signs that someone has helped the man, but Copenhagen police inspector Danny Rise said the investigation would be complicated.

"We need to build this jigsaw puzzle," Rise said. "And it's huge."

Earlier, Thomassen said police hadn't found anything that "can prove this to be a terrorist act." He identified the man as "ethnic Dane." This is a phrase usually used to mean that someone is white.

Danish broadcaster TV2 is a man allegedly a gunner, a man wearing knee-length shorts, a vest or a sleeveless shirt, and holding something that looks like a rifle in his right hand. I have released a grainy photo of.

"He seemed very violent and angry," witness Mahdi al-Wazni told TV2. "He talked to me and said it wasn't real because I was filming him. He seemed very proud of what he was doing."

Images from the scene show people running out of malls where people put flowers on Monday.

People in front of Fields Shopping Mall, where gunmen killed three and injured several in Copenhagen on July 3, 2022. Hugged each other. .. OLAFUR STEINAR GESTSSON / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP via Getty Images

Near Chasandra Storz, an 18-year-old student on his way to a Harry Styles concert I explained the stampede when the shot rang, which was scheduled for Sunday night. At first, she and her sister and father thought it was because someone had found a style, but soon noticed a panic, including a man who grabbed a child from a stroller in the turmoil.

"People guided us towards the exit signs. We ran up the roof and got stuck there for a while. After that, people panicked here and there, people Cried, "Stoltz said.

The Styles Concert was canceled due to the shooting.

The Sunday attack occurred about a week after the shooting in neighboring Norway. According to police, a Norwegian man from Iran fired during the LGBTQ festival, killing two and injuring more than 20.

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