The 22-year-old man who killed three and wounded several others at a shopping mall in Copenhagen on Sunday, was allegedly trying to get mental help within hours of the mass shooting. Danish national broadcasting network Danmarks Radio (DR) reports:
At this point, the police do not want to discuss the shooter’s possible motive, but at a press conference a police spokesperson confirmed that the 22-year-old is known to the mental-health system. At the same time, several sources close to the shooting investigation confirm to DR that the 22-year-old man tried to contact a crisis line shortly before the shooting. He was unsuccessful.
According to Ekstrabladet, the suspect has been jailed for 24 days while the police investigation continues. The prosecutor’s request for a mental health evaluation was granted by the judge.
Danish TV2 has obtained several videos from social media where the suspect poses with guns, primarily pointing them to his own head. The videos were uploaded on July 2nd, which was the day before the shooting.
TV2 also reports:
In the description of the videos it said: “Quetiapine doesn’t work” … Quetiapine is an antipsychotic drug for the treatment of psychotic conditions, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and severe depression.
The shooting started at approximately 5:30 p.m. CET on Sunday, when the suspect allegedly entered the Fields shopping mall in the Amager section of Copenhagen. While the details remain unclear on how the shooting unfolded, the suspect was outside when police arrived at the scene. Patrol officers from the Copenhagen police department confronted and arrested the suspect upon arrival at the scene.
In a news broadcast Monday night, one reporter credited the swift ending to the fact that Danish police equipped their patrol units with automatic rifles after the islamist terror attacks in Copenhagen in 2015.