Tuesday's shooting left one dead and one seriously injured. Photo: Jens Astrup/Scanpix
Speaking through his lawyer, a 67-year-old grandfather admitted to the shooting and killing of lawyer Anders Lindholt as well as the attempted murder of his former son-in-law.
According to TV2 News, the man told police that he planned to kill both men before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide. He couldn't carry out his plan when he used more bullets than planned and didn’t have any left for himself.
He explained his actions to police by saying that he felt Lindholt was lying in the visitation rights case between the gunman's daughter and her former partner.
He told police that he planned his actions on Monday and sawed off the end of his rifle in his workshop. The man has a valid weapons permit for the rifle, police said.
At his Wednesday court appearance, the man – whose name the media is banned from publishing – said he was not in condition to speak on his own behalf.
“I don’t feel able to say anything sufficient. I was questioned for seven hours yesterday. I received some coffee and cake yesterday, and I normally get medicine for migraines in the morning, but I haven’t had that,” he said in court according to TV2.
Jyllands-Posten reports that the man recorded Tuesday’s violent episode on a hidden dictaphone in order to document it for his daughter.
The newspaper reports that the tape's contents were read aloud in court and that the defendant could be heard saying: “Damn it, I should have brought more bullets.”
Lindholt, 57, was killed on the spot in Tuesday’s shooting while the 31-year-old father in the visitations rights case was seriously injured and remains in Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet.
In light of Tuesday’s shooting, Justice Minister Karen Hækkerup said she would consider increasing security in Danish courtrooms if she receives an official request from the Danish Court Administration (Domstolsstyrelsen).