On Sunday, a gunman opened fire in a Copenhagen shopping mall, one of the largest of its kind in Scandinavia, killing an unspecified number of people and injuring several others, according to police.
According to police inspector Sren Thomassen, head of the Copenhagen police operations unit, the suspected gunman is a 22-year-old Danish man who was apprehended near the Fields shopping mall on the capital’s southern outskirts.
“We know that there are several dead” and “several injured,” Thomassen said at a news conference, adding that terror cannot be ruled out. “We have no information that others are involved.” This is what we now know.”
He didn’t say anything else about the victims or suspects, or how many people were killed or injured. The shopping center is located on the outskirts of Copenhagen, directly across from a subway line that connects the city center to the international airport. A major highway runs adjacent to Fields, which opened in 2004.
Images from the scene showed people fleeing the mall, and Denmark’s TV2 broadcaster posted a photo of a man being carried on a stretcher. According to witnesses, people were crying and hiding in shops.
Laurits Hermansen told Danish broadcaster DR that he was in a clothing store at the shopping center with his family when he heard “three-four bangs.” Bangs that are unbearably loud. It sounded like shots were being fired right next to the store.”
Copenhagen Mayor Sophie H. Andersen tweeted, “Terrible reports of shooting in Fields.” We don’t know how many people were injured or killed, but it’s a serious situation.”
The shooting was first reported to police at 5:36 p.m. local time. A large number of heavily armed police officers arrived on the scene, along with several fire department vehicles parked outside the mall.
“One person has been arrested in connection with the Fields shooting.” “We are currently unable to provide any additional information about the individual in question,” Copenhagen police tweeted. “We have a significant presence at Fields and are working to gain an overview.”
On Sunday, former One Direction member Harry Styles was set to perform at the nearby Royal Arena. It was unclear whether or not the concert would take place.
“My team and I pray for everyone involved in the Copenhagen shopping mall shooting,” Styles wrote on Snapchat. I’m taken aback. Love H.”
The royal palace announced shortly after the shooting that a reception with Crown Prince Frederik related to the Tour de France cycling race had been canceled. The first three stages of the race were held in Denmark this year, according to a statement from the palace. The reception was scheduled to take place on the royal yacht, which is docked in Soenderborg, where the third stage concluded.