COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Several hundred shoppers and employees observed a minute’s silence Monday inside the Copenhagen mall, where three people were killed when a gunman opened fire.
The huge Field shopping center had reopened hours earlier for the first time since the shooting that rocked Denmark
A 17-year-old girl and a boy of the same age plus a 47-year-old Russian were killed on July 3, allegedly by a 22-year-old Dane who picked his victims at random. Neither the victims nor the suspect can be named due to a court order.
Four other people were hospitalized in critical but stable condition after being shot. A total of around 20 people were injured, most in the panicked stampede after gunshots rang out in the shopping center on the outskirts of the Danish capital.
“On behalf of Field’s, we welcome you,” said a voice over the multi-story mall’s speaker system as the minute of silence ended. The mall is one of the largest in the Nordic region and houses over 130 stores and a cinema, several offices and clinics.
Casper Østergaard, manager of a supermarket inside the mall, told Danish broadcaster DR that “there is a big difference in the way employees feel today. Some are doing well, others are struggling. »
Liza Ibrahim, who works in a dental clinic at Field’s and was off work during the shooting, told DR as she entered the mall on Monday that “I can feel my heart beating a little faster than usual. , and I don’t feel very comfortable going alone.
Although the motive is unknown, Danish police have ruled out terrorism. The suspected shooter, who was detained 13 minutes after the shooting began, is being remanded to a secure mental institution. He is being held on preliminary charges of murder and attempted murder.