Copenhagen shooting: Denmark mall attack leaves 3 dead, 4 seriously hurt

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Three people were killed and four seriously injured when a gunman opened fire at a Copenhagen mall on Sunday evening, officials in the Danish capital said.

Copenhagen police received reports of a shooting at Field’s, a shopping center east of the canal that bisects the city of about 800,000, shortly after 5:30 p.m. Officers arrested a suspect near a highway exit 13 minutes later.

The suspect, a 22-year-old Danish man, is thought to have acted alone, police said. He will be charged with manslaughter, Chief Police Inspector Soren Thomassen said, according to Danish broadcaster TV2.

There was no indication that the attack was an act of terrorism, Thomassen said at a news conference early Monday. The suspect had a history of psychiatric issues, but the official did not elaborate.

A 47-year-old man and a boy and girl, both 17, were killed in the shooting, according to law enforcement.

Four other people were shot, including two Danish women, 19 and 40 years old, and two Swedish citizens, a man, 50, and a girl, 16. The four were in “serious condition” at a hospital, Thomassen said. A few others had minor injuries from the chaos.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen described the shooting in a statement as a “cruel attack.” She offered her sympathy to the victims, their families and “to all the Danes who have been close to the eerie events.”

The attack was a shock for many Danes, as mass shootings are rare in Denmark and other Scandinavian countries, which have strict firearms laws.

The streets of Copenhagen were “eerily silent” in the aftermath of the shooting, said Teresa Dang, an American working in Copenhagen.

Dang used to live in the neighborhood near the mall, which she called a “very nice and family-oriented place.” It was “horrifying” that the incident occurred at a place frequented by families with children, she said.

Police normally stationed outside a Chabad house near her current apartment, in another part of the city, have been replaced with heavily-armed uniformed personnel, she said.

“We have all been brutally torn out of the bright summer we had just begun,” Frederiksen said. “It is incomprehensible. Heartbreaking. Pointless.”

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Copenhagen hosted opening events over the weekend for the Tour de France, whose organizers said in a statement they were “extremely shocked and saddened to hear of what has happened in Copenhagen. The people of Copenhagen had given the peloton one of the greatest welcomes in the sport’s history.”

British singer Harry Styles also canceled a Sunday night concert near Field’s.

The deadly incident comes as Copenhagen’s Nordic neighbor, Oslo, reels from a shooting at a gay club that left two people dead and 10 seriously injured.

Lea Gnädinger, a German woman living in Copenhagen, said that “something like this doesn’t often happen in Europe. And no one expected it to happen in Copenhagen — one of the safest cities around.”

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