On July 3, 2022, three people lost their lives, and three others suffered serious injuries after a Danish man, aged 22, opened fire inside a shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The last time a mass shooting took place in Copenhagen and Denmark as a whole was in 2015.
But this one which occurred on July 3, 2022 is regarded as the bloodiest single shooting in Danish history.
The incident happened at the Field’s shopping center in Copenhagen’s restad, a growing neighborhood on Amager.
Before 5:30 p.m., a man entered the mall while toting a hunting rifle.”
As seen in a picture, the suspect was wearing a vest or sleeveless shirt with knee-length shorts. At 5:37 p.m., police got the initial reports of a gunshot; 11 minutes later, a guy identified as Noah Esbensen was taken into custody.
Who Is Noah Esbensen?
Noah Esbensen has been reportedly identified as the suspect involved in the mass shooting
The suspect had a YouTube channel named Noah Esbensen, which has been taken down.
According to The Daily Mail, Esbensen recently uploaded a number of videos to YouTube, with a particularly striking video, titled “I Don’t Care,” showing the shooter holding a gun to his head.
Most notably, Noah Taarup Esbensen has been identified to be associated with Stram Kurs.
Denmark: Mass shooting in a shopping center in Copenhagen on Sunday, left 3 dead and 3 wounded.
According to eyewitnesses, he was chasing Muslims in the mall.
A 22-year-old Danish man has been arrested in connection with the shooting and police have not yet revealed a motive. pic.twitter.com/yo07mjWE21
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What is Stram Klurs?
Stram Kurs (which means Hard Line) is a far-right political party in Denmark founded in 2017 by Danish lawyer Rasmus Paludan.
The party is almost exclusively associated with its founder and his anti-Islam activism and demonstrations.
The party was on the ballot in the 2019 Danish general election, where it gained 1.8% of the votes, below the 2% election threshold.
The party’s philosophical foundation is “ethno-nationalist utilitarianism”, described as maximizing the “greatest happiness for the greatest number of ethnic Danes”.
This platform is developed in two political pillars.
First, an “identitarian” or ethno-nationalist pillar which focuses on protecting and increasing the “ethnic, cultural, religious, linguistic, and normative homogeneity” of Denmark.
Second, a right-libertarian pillar which envisions a radical increase in individual liberty and rights, once the ethnic homogeneity of the country has been “restored” through the banning of Islam and massive deportations.