Copenhagen Shooting Suspect Held in Psychiatric Ward

A man suspected of killing three people and wounding several others in a shooting at a shopping mall in Copenhagen has been remanded in custody in a psychiatric ward for 24 days.

The Copenhagen City Court remanded the 22-year-old suspect in a closed psychiatric facility until July 28.

The Court also imposed a name ban on the suspect and the 10 victims mentioned in the charge, according to the police.

Authorities charged the suspect with three counts of manslaughter and seven counts of attempted murder.

At a press conference on July 4 morning, Copenhagen’s Head of Police Soren Thomassen said that the suspect described as an “ethnic Dane” was “known to people in the psychiatric field” and “peripherally” to police.

Thomassen also said that there was no indication of a terror motive and that it was “not motivated by gender or anything else.”

Thomassen also said that the suspect acted alone.

The shooting unfolded on July 3 inside the Field’s shopping center in the Danish capital.

According to the Danish police, two 17-year-old Danish citizens and a 46-year-old Russian national died in the shooting.

A total of 27 people were wounded or injured, seven of whom were by gunfire while 20 others were “slightly injured during the evacuation,” police said.

In a statement, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called the shooting “a cruel attack.”

“We have all been brutally torn out of the bright summer we had just begun. It is incomprehensible. Heartbreaking. Pointless. Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second,” Frederiksen said.


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