Copenhagen shooting: what happened at Field’s shopping mall?

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The shooter acted alone and apparently selected his victims at random, it said on Monday (July 4).

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Copenhagen Chief Police Inspector Søren Thomassen said the victims were killed when the gunman opened fire on Sunday afternoon (July 3) at Field’s shopping centre, one of Scandinavia’s largest.

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Here’s everything you need to know about it.

What happened?

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The shooting took place in the late afternoon at Field’s, one of Scandinavia’s largest shopping centers on the outskirts of the Danish capital Copenhagen.

Images from the scene showed people running out of the mall in a panic.

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After the shooting, a large contingent of heavily armed police officers patrolled the area, and several fire engines parked in front of the building.

Police received the first reports of a shooting at 5.37pm and arrested the suspect 11 minutes later.

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It was the worst gun attack in Denmark since February 2015, when a 22-year-old man was killed in a shootout with police after he went on a killing spree in the capital that killed two people and wounded five police officers.

The Field shopping center is located on the outskirts of Copenhagen, directly opposite a metro station for a line that connects the city center with the international airport.

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People leave the Fields shopping center where a gunman killed three people and injured several others in Copenhagen on July 3, 2022 (Photo: OLAFUR STEINAR GESTSSON/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

“This is pure terror. It’s terrible,” said Hans Christian Stoltz, a 53-year-old IT consultant who brought his daughters to see Harry Styles at a concert scheduled for Sunday night near the mall.

“You may be wondering how one person could do this to another human being, but it’s beyond…beyond anything possible.”

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The concert was canceled because of the shooting.

Who were the victims?

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Three victims were killed when the gunman opened fire.

They were a 17-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, both Danish, and a 47-year-old Russian.

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Four others – two Danish and two Swedish nationals – were treated for gunshot wounds and were in critical but stable condition, Thomassen said.

Several other people were slightly injured in the escape, he added.

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Who is the suspect?

Thomassen said police had no indication anyone helped the gunman, who was identified as a 22-year-old Dane.

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He said while the motive was unclear, there was nothing to point to terrorism and that the suspect would be charged with murder later Monday (July 4).

He confirmed that the suspect was known to the psychiatric services but gave no further details.

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Danish broadcaster TV2 released a grainy photo of the suspected shooter, a man wearing knee-length shorts, a vest or sleeveless shirt and holding what appears to be a gun in his right hand.

“He seemed very violent and angry,” eyewitness Mahdi Al-Wazni told TV2.

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“He spoke to me and said it (the gun) isn’t real when I was filming him. He seemed very proud of what he was doing.”

Thomassen said that in addition to the gun the suspect had when he was arrested, “we also know that he had access to a gun and that he was carrying a knife.”

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