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Shooting at Copenhagen mall was planned: official charges

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Shooting at Copenhagen mall was planned: official charges
People place flowers near the Field's shopping mall in Copenhagen after a shooting attack took three lives in July 2022. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The suspect in the upcoming trial over last year’s deadly shooting at the Field’s shopping mall in Copenhagen planned the attack and intended to kill, according to the public prosecutor in details of the charge sheet made public on Wednesday.

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The prosecution service has charged the man with killing three people after going to Field’s with the intention of killing, according to the charge sheet, which was released to the media Wednesday.

A 17-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 46-year-old man lost their lives in the shooting. Several others were injured, some seriously after being hit by shots.

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The charge sheet states that the 46-year-old’s children, who are minors, witnessed their father being shot in the lobby area of the Field’s cinema.

The 23-year-old accused, whose identity has not been disclosed, has been charged with 11 counts of related to murder, attempted murder, causing serious fear and being in possession of a weapon at a public place.

The prosecution has demanded confiscation of weapons carried by the man to Field’s – a rifle, a pistol and a knife. They also want to seize papers found at his home with handwritten notes.

The content of the notes has not been specified but it emerged at earlier court hearings that a search of the man’s home found texts pointing to the shooting being planned.

Further charges could yet be brought against the man, the Copenhagen Police prosecutor notes in the charge sheet.

It is also noted that prosecutors could demand a sentence other than a prison sentence if the accused is found guilty. That is because of the possibility he will be found unsuitable for normal sentencing and could be sentenced to treatment at a secure psychiatric facility.

Both the prosecution and the defence lawyer for the accused have earlier stated that he accepts the factual circumstances as he recalls them.

He denies guilt with reference to criminal law paragraph 16, the Danish equivalent of the mental disorder or insanity plea in criminal cases.

The case has been scheduled to take place over six days at Copenhagen City Court from June 12th to July 5th.

The penultimate day of the trial will be July 3rd, the first anniversary of the deadly attack.

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