Police rule out 'act of terror' in Copenhagen shooting, send suspect to 24 days in mental facility

The victims ranged in age from 15 to 50

Published: July 4, 2022 6:07pm

Updated: July 4, 2022 7:31pm

The suspect in the Copenhagen mall shooting in which three people were killed and several others injured has been sent to a psychiatric ward for 24 days, Danish officials said Monday.

Ten people were shot and 20 people were injured in the chaotic evacuation from the mall on Sunday in Denmark's capital, police said.

The suspect has been identified as a 22-year-old Danish man, who is in police custody.

The deceased include "a 17-year-old male Danish citizen, a 17-year-old female Danish citizen and a 46-year-old Russian man who lived in Copenhagen," officials said.

Four of the seven who were wounded are seriously injured, including two Danish women, ages 19 and 40, and two Swedish citizens, a 50-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl. 

Two Danish teenagers, ages 15 and 17, were slightly injured from gunfire, as well as a 45-year-old Afghan man residing in Denmark.

Copenhagen police stated that the Copenhagen City Court ruled that the names of the victims and the suspect cannot be released.

"Our preliminary investigation continues to indicate that the perpetrator acted on his own," Chief Police Inspector Soren Thomassen said early Monday morning. "We are in the process of a massive and very extensive investigation, which will continue throughout the night and in the coming days."

He also said investigators plan on question the suspect Monday and that he is "known to people in the psychiatric field," as translated by CNN.

The last major mass shooting in Denmark occurred in 2015 when two people killed at a free speech event featuring a cartoonist famous for drawing the Islamic Prophet Mohammad

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