Copenhagen Shooting: Suspect Placed in Psychiatric Custody

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Shooting of Copenhagen: the suspect placed in psychiatric detention

The killing broke out on Sunday inside the Fields shopping center, the largest in the country, located between the city center and the airport of the capital.

In battered Denmark, the alleged perpetrator of the Copenhagen shopping center shooting was taken into psychiatric custody on Monday, and the mental health of the 22-year-old shooter is now at the heart of the investigation.

Dressed in a blue T-shirt, the suspect arrested shortly after the shooting was brought before a court judge in the Danish capital, who served him with charges for three murders, including that of two teenagers, and seven attempts of murder.

After two hours of hearing, his placement in pre-trial detention was ordered for 24 days renewable, but in a closed psychiatric unit. At the request of the prosecutor and with the consent of the defence, the decision is accompanied by an examination of his mental state.

Police announced on Monday morning that the suspect, described as an ethnic Dane, was known to have a psychiatric history.

According to national broadcaster DR, citing several unnamed sources, the alleged shooter tried to reach a psychological helpline shortly before the incident, which authorities did not ;did not want to confirm.

The attack, carried out mainly with a rifle, killed three people and injured 30, including four seriously, in a large shopping center, Fields, located between the center of Copenhagen and the airport of the capital.

In Denmark, the alleged perpetrator of the killing in a Copenhagen shopping center has been placed in psychiatric detention. The mental health of the 22-year-old shooter arrested yesterday is at the heart of the investigation. Aimée Lemieux's report.

The drama broke a festive weekend in the Scandinavian country, between the jubilation of the Tour de France and the return of the festival music giant Roskilde after two years of cancellations due to COVID-19.

I believe that we have rarely experienced such a violent contrast as yesterday, recognized Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who came to pay tribute to the victims at the scene Monday at noon.

Of course, very justified discussions will emerge […] in connection with the weapons used, in connection with psychiatry […] But today, I finds that we must pay tribute to the victims, show our sympathy, our help and our support, and support all those who have been affected, she said in front of the cameras.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has called for unity.

A ceremony in memory of the victims will be held Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. (local time) near the mall, Copenhagen Mayor Sophie H. Andersen announced on Twitter.

The identities of the three people killed – a 47-year-old man, a 17-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl – as well as the injured of different ages and genders suggest that they are randomly selected victims, explained Copenhagen Police Chief Inspector Søren Thomassen.

Nothing in what we found indicates that it was a terrorist act, said the director of the investigation, according to which the shooter acted alone.

Police confirmed Monday morning the authenticity of several videos of the suspect circulating since Sunday evening on social networks.

The 22-year-old – whose identity is known, but not made public – appears there posing with weapons, mimicking suicide gestures with a rifle and a pistol.

In this series of videos titled I don't care (I don't care), he also talks about treatment with medication powerful prescribed in psychiatry that does not work.

The suspect's YouTube and Instagram accounts were deactivated overnight, but the videos, posted Friday according to Danish media, are still circulating on other accounts.

Police believe it is too early to say the motive for the attack, but it appears to have been prepared for the attack. advance.

There is no indication that the shooting in Copenhagen was a “terrorist act”, according to the police.

The arrest was made without difficulty around 5:50 p.m. local time outside the mall, about a quarter of an hour after the first reports of gunshots, according to police.

Four gunshot wounds are still in serious condition. They are two Danes aged 19 and 40 and two Swedes, a 50-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl.

Three other people also suffered minor gunshot wounds, police said on Monday.

Twenty people were also slightly injured in the panic caused by the shooting in the shopping center.

The latter was very popular due to a concert, bringing together 13,500 spectators, of the British star Harry Styles scheduled in a large venue nearby, the Royal Arena. The show was canceled at the last minute.

I am heartbroken with the people of Copenhagen. I love this city. The people there are so warm and full of love, reacted the singer on Twitter.

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