Unknown numbers of people were killed and several more were injured on Sunday when a shooter opened fire at a Copenhagen shopping mall, one of the biggest of its kind in Scandinavia, according to authorities.
Police Inspector Sren Thomassen, director of the Copenhagen police operations section, identified the suspect as a 22-year-old Danish male who was apprehended close to the Fields retail center on the southern outskirts of the city.
At a press conference, Thomassen stated, “We know that there are numerous dead” and “several injured,” adding that terrorism cannot be ruled out. “We do not have any knowledge of any involvement by outsiders. We now know this.
He didn’t give any other information on the victims or their circumstances, nor did he specify how many individuals were murdered or injured. The shopping area is located outside of Copenhagen and next to a metro line that runs from the city’s core to the airport. A significant roadway is also right next to the 2004-opened Fields.
People were seen fleeing the mall in pictures taken at the site, and the Danish TV2 station shared a picture of a guy being carried on a stretcher. Witnesses reported seeing individuals sobbing and hiding in stores.
Laurits Hermansen said to the Danish television station DR that he and his family were at a clothes store at the shopping mall when they heard “three to four bangs. thunderous booms. The rounds appeared to have been fired close to the business.
‘Terrible reports of gunshot in Fields,’ said Copenhagen mayor Sophie H. Andersen on Twitter. Although we are unsure exactly how many people died or were injured, the situation is grave.
According to police, the gunshot was originally reported to them at 5:36 p.m. (1536 GMT; 11:36 a.m. EDT). Numerous fire department cars were also stationed outside the mall, and there was a significant presence of highly armed police officers at the site.
“In relation to the shooting at Fields, one suspect has been detained. The individual in question is temporarily off limits, the Copenhagen police tweeted. “We are attempting to obtain an overview while having a significant presence at Fields.”
At 8:00 p.m. (1800 GMT; 2:00 p.m. EDT), Harry Styles, a former member of One Direction, was due to perform at the adjacent Royal Arena. It was uncertain if the concert would go place.
Styles posted on Snapchat, “My team and I pray for everyone affected in the incident in the mall in Copenhagen. I’m stunned. Love H.”
The royal palace announced shortly after the shooting that a reception with Crown Prince Frederik related to the Tour de France bicycle competition had been postponed. This year’s first three stages of the race were staged in Denmark, according to a statement from the palace. In Soenderborg, where the third stage concluded, where the royal yacht is docked, the reception was scheduled to take place.