The suspect in the shooting in Denmark had mental health problems and the Police ruled out that it was a terrorist act

The suspect in the shooting in Denmark had mental health problems and the Police ruled out that it was a terrorist act

A shooting occurred on Sunday in a shopping center in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, caused several deaths

The alleged perpetrator of the shooting in a Copenhagen shopping center, which left three dead and four seriously injured on Sunday, has a psychiatric history, police said on Monday, adding that at the moment there are no indications of “a terrorist act”.

The 22-year-old Dane, arrested shortly after the massacre, chose the victims “at random”Copenhagen Police Chief Inspector Søren Thomassen told a news conference.

Videos of the suspect circulating on social media since Sunday night are considered authentic by police, Thomassen said.

In these he is seen posing with weapons, imitating suicide gestures or referring to a treatment with a drug prescribed by a psychiatrist “that does not work”.

The suspect’s YouTube and Instagram accounts were shut down overnight, the police found.

The suspect “has a psychiatric history,” Thomassen said. “There are no indications that he has accomplices”he added.

The three dead are a Danish teenager and a teenage girl, both 17 years old, and a 47-year-old Russian living in Denmark, the police said.

Mette Frederiksen
Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the Copenhagen shooting

The four seriously injured are two Danes aged 19 and 40 and two Swedes, a 50-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl.

“Our conclusion is that he chose the victims at random,” the inspector said. “There are no indications that it is a terrorist act”.

Danish police reported this morning that they see no signs of terrorism and maintain the manslaughter charge against the suspect arrested yesterday in connection with the shopping mall shooting.

“Nothing indicates that it is an act of terrorism”said Thomassen.

“Our assessment is that these are randomly chosen victims”has indicated, while stressing that the suspect would have prepared the attack, without the motives being known at the moment.

Likewise, Thomassen has highlighted that during the last hours the Police have carried out several operations related to the incident, which took place in the Fields shopping center. “We have worked all night. We have made records and analyzed documents”said the head of the Copenhagen Police, who pointed out that the suspect would have acted alone.

“From the looks of it, he acted alone,” he said.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen described the event as a “brutal attack” and called on the population to remain united and offer support, according to the daily ‘Berlingske’. “It is incomprehensible, heartbreaking, meaningless. Our beautiful and safe capital has changed in a fraction of a second”, lamented Frederiksen, who thanked the security forces, the medical personnel and all those who have provided help.

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