The man suspected of murdering three people in a shooting at a Danish shopping mall was ordered to be kept in a secure mental unit on Monday, and officials insisted the incident was not an act of terrorism.
The 22-year-old Danish man suspected of opening fire on customers at the Field’s mall a few kilometers south of central Copenhagen on Sunday afternoon was arrested and charged with manslaughter and intent to murder.
He was placed in detention for 24 days and will be subjected to a psychological assessment, according to police. The court has prohibited the publishing of his name, as is customary in criminal proceedings in Denmark.
The event rocked Denmark at the conclusion of a celebratory week in which the nation hosted the first three stages of the Tour de France bike race, with hundreds of thousands of cheering Danes taking to the streets.
Two 17-year-olds and a 47-year-old were slain by the gunman. Seven other individuals were shot, four of whom were seriously injured, including a 16-year-old girl. Twenty individuals were injured while leaving the site.
According to Chief Police Inspector Soren Thomassen, the event could not be classified as a “act of terror” based on existing information, and there was no indication the suspect acted in collaboration with others.
“There has been some sort of deliberation and preparation (by the suspect) up to this terrible event,” Thomassen said at a press conference, without elaborating on the perpetrator’s suspected motivations.
“Our current assessment is that these are random victims.”
The incident occurred as many young people were visiting the mall before of a performance by British singer Harry Styles, which was scheduled to take place nearby. The show has been canceled.
“I’m heartbroken along with the people of Copenhagen. I adore this city. The people are so warm and full of love. I’m devastated for the victims, their families, and everyone hurting,” Styles wrote on Twitter. “I’m sorry we couldn’t be together. Please look after each other.”
The man, who police claimed was known to psychiatrists in Denmark, was caught with a firearm, ammo, and a knife.
Danish gun restrictions are stringent, and all guns, with the exception of select hunting rifles, need a police license. The gunman lacked such a permit.
Nordisk Film, Denmark’s biggest cinema operator with a location in the Field’s retail center, said it has chosen to shut its theaters throughout the nation on Monday due to the shooting.