According to the provisional report of authorities, at least three people were killed in a shooting at a Copenhagen shopping center on Sunday. One was in his 40s, two were young men, and many others were injured. Three are in critical condition.
According to police, the suspect is a 22-year old Dane. Witnesses said that he was armed with an imposing rifle and was quickly arrested by police. He was located near the large Fields shopping center, which is situated between the city centre and the airport in the Danish capital. .
His motives are still unknown. Copenhagen Police Chief Inspector Soren Thomsen stated that he is only "partially" known to authorities. "He's not somebody we particularly know."
The head of the investigation stated that "on social networks, it flourishes that it would be racist motives or another form of motive", but that he could not say whether there was anything that supports this at the moment.
However, police confirmed that they are looking into videos online that show the suspect holding weapons. The barrel is pointed at his temple and he also points at his brain. The investigators explained that they did not rule out terrorism but that the shooter was acting alone.
A large police force was present at the scene of the shooting, as well as in many other locations in Copenhagen, two days after the Tour de France had passed through Copenhagen.
The murder occurred in the afternoon, causing panic. Many people were present before the concert of British star Harry Styles, which was cancelled in the evening.
He was psychopathic enough that he would go after people.
Witnesses to the incident, who were interviewed by Danish media, said that the suspect attempted to trap victims. He claimed, for instance, that his weapon was fake in order to lure them closer. A witness to the public television DR said that the suspect was psychopathic enough not to run from people.
According to footage, over 100 people ran outside the mall when the first shots were made. Others had to flee the mall.
"All of a sudden, we heard gunshots. I heard ten shots and we ran to the toilets to get refuge," explained DR Isabella. She remained there for over two hours. "I was afraid, there were many people crying."
According to Sophie Haestorp Andersen (Copenhagen mayor), a crisis unit was activated. There is also a psychological care centre. Two people were killed and five others were injured in the last attack on Copenhagen, which took place between February 14th and 15th 2015.