Copenhagen shooting: the investigation turns to the psychiatric problems of the shooter
Steph Deschamps / July 4, 2022
The alleged perpetrator of the Copenhagen shooting has a psychiatric history, police announced in the aftermath of the killing, saying there is no indication at this stage of a terrorist act.
According to the chief inspector of the Copenhagen police, Søren Thomassen, the 22-year-old Dane arrested shortly after the events chose his victims at random in this shooting that left three dead and four seriously injured, he said at a press conference.
The police consider as authentic videos of the suspect circulating since Sunday evening on social networks, he said at a press conference.
The young man appears posing with weapons, miming acts of suicide or evoking a treatment with a powerful drug prescribed in psychiatry which does not work.
The suspect's Youtube and Instagram accounts were closed overnight, AFP noted. Several Danish media outlets have also confirmed his identity circulating online, but his name has not been made public.
Our analysis is that these are random victims
He is known to have a psychiatric history, said Søren Thomassen. There is no indication that he had any accomplices.
The three dead are a Danish teenager, both 17, and a 47-year-old Russian living in Denmark, police said. The four injured, who are in serious condition, are two Danish women aged 19 and 40 and two Swedes, a 50-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl.
Other people were slightly injured in the panic caused by the shooting in the Fields shopping center, located in the Amager district on the road to the Copenhagen airport.