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No evidence the shooting at a Copenhagen mall was terrorism, authorities say

The gunman who slaughtered three people and injured four others in a busy shopping mall in Denmark randomly selected his victims, authorities said on Monday – as they insisted there was no evidence it was a case of terrorism .

The 22-year-old gunman – a Dane whose identity has not been released – opened fire with a rifle at Copenhagen’s Field shopping center on Sunday, killing a 17-year-old girl and boy and a 47-year-old Russian man .

Four others were hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Authorities have all but ruled out that the attack was linked to terrorism.

“There is nothing in our investigation, or the documents we’ve reviewed, or the things we’ve found, or the testimonies we’ve received that can prove this is an act of terrorism,” Copenhagen’s chief police inspector said Soren Thomassen Reporter Monday.

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Terrified shoppers flee Copenhagen’s Field shopping center after a gunman opened fire on Sunday, killing three and wounding four others.
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A teenager said she saw people running out of a movie theater when the shots rang out.
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Investigators have not identified what sparked the attack, in which eyewitnesses said the “enraged” gunman attacked shoppers while smashing windows. A total of 30 people were injured, many during a frantic rush to leave the mall.

The country’s last major mass shooting took place in 2015 – when two people were killed and six police officers injured at a cultural center and synagogue in Copenhagen.

The Dane suspected in Sunday’s attack obtained the rifle and another weapon illegally. He was also known to mental health providers in Denmark, Thomassen said, without elaborating.

Thomassen previously described Sagittarius as “ethnic Dane,” which is typically used to describe someone who is white.

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Four others were hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
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Sagittarius has been described as “ethnic Dane,” which is typically used to describe someone who is white.
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The suspect appeared Monday for a hearing in a crowded courtroom where he was charged with first-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder. The alleged gunman’s lawyers refused to enter the trial, which a judge was set to hold behind closed doors, the BBC reported.

Investigators are investigating videos of a young man with guns that have been circulating on social media since Sunday, according to the outlet.

A teenager said she saw people running out of a movie theater when the shots rang out.

“I didn’t really know where to get off as I don’t know the mall that well, so I just followed a large group to a roof of sorts and luckily we found an emergency exit,” says 13-year-old Isabella Hjertholm said BBC.

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Shoppers hug as police evacuate the Field shopping center in Copenhagen, where three people were fatally shot on Sunday.
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Some buyers hid in bathrooms and storage closets during filming.
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The suspect was taken into custody about 13 minutes after police were alerted to the shooting, the BBC reported.

The shooting panicked shoppers and prompted singer Harry Styles to cancel a Sunday night show in the Danish capital.

Some of the buyers told Danish media they hid in bathrooms or storage cupboards as the chaos unfolded, the BBC reported.

“All of a sudden we hear gunshots – 10 gunshots I think – and then we run through the mall and end up in a toilet where we huddle in this tiny toilet where we’re about 11 people,” said a woman identified as Isabelle became. “It’s really hot and we’re waiting and really scared. It was a horrible experience.”

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, meanwhile, called Monday’s attack “unusually brutal” as millions of Danes partied over the weekend and closely watched the start of the Tour de France on Friday.

“I think we’ve rarely seen such a stark contrast as yesterday,” Frederiksen told reporters, according to the New York Times. “In a split second the party and the joy stopped and the worst happened to us.”

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https://nypost.com/2022/07/04/no-evidence-copenhagen-mall-shooting-was-terrorism-authorities-say/ No evidence the shooting at a Copenhagen mall was terrorism, authorities say

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