Denmark pays tribute to Copenhagen shooting victims

Denmark honors Copenhagen shooting victims


Denmark pays tribute on Tuesday evening to the victims of the fatal shooting in a Copenhagen shopping center, two days after the shooting that shattered a festive weekend in the Nordic country.&nbsp ;

At the call of the mayor of the city, a large rally is planned this evening at 8:00 p.m. in front of Fields, a vast shopping complex located between the city center and the airport of the capital.< /p>

The attack, which left three dead and 27 injured late Sunday afternoon, aroused great emotion in the country, at the end of a summer weekend marked by the unprecedented passage of the Tour de France and the great return of the giant festival of Roskilde.

If Copenhagen has not escaped the threats of attacks in recent years, particularly Islamists, a carnage in a shopping center is a shock for many inhabitants.< /p>

“That kind of thing doesn't happen in Denmark, it happens in the United States,” Susanne Bulöw, a 65-year-old resident, told AFP.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Mayor Sophie Andersen are due to speak in front of “a large number of people” expected by the police, in a ceremony accompanied by a choir in which Crown Prince Frederik will also participate.

The Tour de France , back in France, paid tribute to the victims with a minute of applause before the start of the fourth stage.

The alleged attacker, a 22-year-old Dane, who authorities say has a psychiatric history, was remanded in custody for murder on Monday.

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Due to questions about his mental state, the judge decided that he would be detained in a specialized psychiatric unit.

According to national radio and television DR, citing several anonymous sources, he tried to reach a psychological help line shortly before the incident, which the authorities would not confirm.

Police warned on Tuesday have no new information to communicate on the investigation.

According to a former neighbor interviewed by the daily Berlingske on condition of anonymity, the suspect is a disturbed person since the childhood.

“He attended a neighborhood school, but had to quit because he could not cope with many people gathered in one place.”

The assailant's motives remain unclear, but police said they had no evidence of “a terrorist act” or having specific targets. His main hypothesis is that the victims were chosen “at random”.

The 22-year-old young man is being prosecuted for three murders, that of a 46-year-old Russian resident in Denmark, a young 17-year-old girl and a young man of the same age, both Danish.

One of them worked in the cinema in the mall, his employer said.

The suspect is also being prosecuted for seven attempted murders.

Four of those shot were seriously injured but in stable condition. According to the authorities, they are two Danish women aged 19 and 40, a Swedish man aged 50 and a Swedish woman aged 19.

Three other people were slightly injured: two Danish women aged 15 and 17 and a 45-year-old Afghan living in the Scandinavian country.

Closed since the attack, Fields Mall is expected to reopen on July 11.