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Copenhagen shooting: Gunman kills three in Field’s shopping mall

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Denmark: A gunman has killed three people and injured another four at a shopping mall in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen.

The victims are two Danish 17-year-olds and a 47-year old Russian. Two Danes and two Swedes were wounded – one remains critical.

Police said the suspected shooter, 22, had mental health issues and there is no indication of a terror motive.

The suspect, who was described as “an ethnic Dane” by police, will face questioning by a judge on Monday.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Denmark had suffered a cruel attack.

She said she wanted to encourage Danes to stand together and support each other in this difficult time.

“Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second,” she said.

The deadly shopping mall attack took place as Denmark celebrated hosting the first three stages of the Tour de France for the first time.

Denmark last saw a major terror event in 2015, when two people were killed and six police officers were injured during an attack on a cultural centre and a synagogue in Copenhagen.

The gunman was later killed in a shootout with police.

The country has some of the strictest gun laws in Europe, with licences to own firearms usually only available for hunting or sport shooting following background checks – and with an almost total ban on automatic weapons. Carrying a firearm in public is strictly prohibited.

They have no indication that other attackers were involved and urged shop owners to preserve any video surveillance footage they might have.

Field’s has more than 140 shops and restaurants. The multi-storey mall is on the outskirts of Copenhagen, just across from a subway line that connects to the city centre.

Eyewitnesses spoke of panic among shoppers as gunfire rang out.

One of them, named Isabelle, told Danish media: “Suddenly we hear shots. I think I hear ten shots and then we run through the mall and end up in a toilet, where we huddle together in this tiny toilet, where we are around 11 people.

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