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Danish PM slams ‘cruel and senseless’ Copenhagen shooting as thousands attend memorial | Denmark

Thousands of people gathered in Copenhagen to pay their respects to the victims of a weekend shopping mall shooting that left three people dead, including two teenagers.

“Cruel, unjust and senseless. Tonight we are all crying,” Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told the massive crowd that gathered outside the Field shopping complex, where the attack happened, on Tuesday. Frederiksen called for unity in the face of tragedy.

A boy and girl, both 17, and a 47-year-old Russian man who lived in Denmark were killed and at least four people were injured after a gunman opened fire on the busy shopping center in Copenhagen.

The late afternoon shooting rocked the city, which had just hosted the opening stages of the Tour de France cycling competition and seen the return of the Roskilde music festival after cancellations due to Covid -19.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen speaks at the service.
‘Tonight we are all crying’: Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen speaks at the service. Photography: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

“It’s not hard to imagine, ‘what if it was my child?’ – I am a mother of two teenagers,” Copenhagen Mayor Sophie Andersen said in a speech followed by a minute’s silence.

“Children and young people must not die. They should be immortal,” Andersen added.

Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik also attended the service, where speeches were interspersed with musical performances.

“We stand together in this difficult time,” Frederik said.

The mood was somber, with some tears among the many families and young people who had gathered.

People comfort each other during a memorial service for the victims of a shooting in Copenhagen.
People comfort each other during the memorial service. Photography: Sergei Grits/AP

“I’m quite ambivalent. Of course, it’s nice to see all these people who are here to support the people who have been hurt by this action, but I’m also a little scared, ”said Oliver Stoltz, who works in an article store. center sports hall. .

The 24-year-old was at Field’s – located between the city center and the capital’s airport – when the shooting started and heard the first shots ring out.

“Before, it was a place where I could go to work, be happy and have a good time. Now I dread even coming here to this part of town.

The suspected attacker, a 22-year-old Dane who authorities said was known to mental health services, was remanded to a closed psychiatric ward on Monday for murder.

A woman lays flowers in front of the Fields Mall.
A woman lays flowers in front of the Field shopping center. Photography: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Police said Tuesday they had no new information to release about the investigation.

The Field shopping center has been closed since the attack and is expected to reopen on July 11.

Denmark’s biggest cinema chain has also closed all of its cinemas because the 17-year-old boy killed in the attack worked in the mall’s cinema.

Nordisk Film Biografer said on Facebook that the company made the decision out of respect for the victims and “to discuss the situation with our staff.”

With Agence France-Presse and Associated Press

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