The suspect in a Saturday shooting at a mall in Copenhagen that left three people dead, including two adolescents, was known to mental health authorities, according to Danish police on Monday.

Soren Thomassen, the police commissioner of Copenhagen, stated at a press conference that “our suspect is also recognized among mental services; beyond that, I do not like to comment.”

Thomassen stated that there was no evidence to suggest it was a terrorist incident, and the victims appeared to have been picked on randomly.
According to Thomassen, “our assessment is that the victims were random and that it isn’t driven by gender or anything else.”

The police chief said there appeared to have been preparation prior to the incident and that the 22-year-old suspect was not assisted by anybody else, but he could not yet speculate on a reason.

He declared, “As things stand, it appears he was operating alone.”

The three victims have been identified as a 17-year-old boy and girl from Denmark, as well as a 47-year-old Russian national who lived in Denmark.

Two ladies from Denmark, aged 19 and 40, and two people from Sweden, a 50-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl, were also injured in the shooting.

The suspect, who is known to the police “but only peripherally,” was present in the mall at the time of the shooting, according to police.

They stated that they thought the videos of the suspect that have been making the rounds on social media since Sunday night were real.
The young man may be seen in several of the pictures brandishing guns, making suicide gestures, and complaining about mental drugs “that don’t work.”

According to AFP, the suspect’s alleged YouTube and Instagram profiles were deleted during the course of the night.

The incident happened on Sunday afternoon at the crowded Fields shopping center, which is situated halfway between Copenhagen’s downtown and the airport.
Police reported that the shooter was carrying a knife, a handgun, and a rifle. Although the firearms were not thought to be unlawful, the suspect lacked a license for them.

The suspect tried to deceive individuals by claiming his weapon was a fake in order to encourage them to approach, according to witnesses who were quoted by the Danish media.

One witness told public broadcaster DR that the man “was sufficiently psychotic to go and hunt people, but he wasn’t running.”
More than 100 people were spotted running toward the mall’s exit when the first bullets were fired, other witnesses told Danish media.
In a statement released late Sunday, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen condemned the “cruel attack.”
She said, “Our lovely and typically so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

The shooting occurred little over a week after a shooter opened fire in Oslo, Norway’s neighbor, next to a homosexual bar, killing two people and injuring 21 others.

A string of gunshots with an islamist motive occurred in Copenhagen in February of 2015, leaving two persons dead and five injured.


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