Shooting in a shopping center in Copenhagen: several people shot dead
Copenhagen Police Inspector Søren Thomassen said a 22-year-old Dane was arrested after Sunday’s shooting.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A gunman opened fire at a busy shopping center in the Danish capital on Sunday, killing several people and injuring several others, police said.
A 22-year-old Dane has been arrested, Copenhagen Police Inspector Søren Thomassen told reporters, adding there was no indication anyone else was involved in the attack, although police are still investigating .
Armed violence is relatively rare in Denmark.
Thomassen said it was too early to speculate on the motive for the shooting, which occurred late afternoon at Field’s, one of Scandinavia’s largest shopping malls and located on the outskirts of the Danish capital. When the shots rang out, some people hid in shops while others fled in a panicked stampede, witnesses said.
“It’s pure terror. It’s awful,” said Hans Christian Stoltz, a 53-year-old IT consultant, who brought his daughters to see Harry Styles perform at a concert scheduled for Sunday night near the mall. . “You might wonder how one person can do this for another human being, but it’s beyond… beyond anything possible.
Thomassen gave no specific casualty count beyond saying that several people were dead and several injured. He said the suspect was a “stock Dane”, an expression generally used to mean that someone is white.
Danish broadcaster TV2 released a grainy photo of the suspected shooter, a man wearing knee-length shorts and a tank top and holding what appeared to be a gun in his right hand.
“He seemed very violent and angry,” eyewitness Mahdi Al-Wazni told TV2. “He spoke to me and told me that (the rifle) wasn’t real because I was filming it. He seemed very proud of what he was doing.”
Copenhagen Mayor Sophie H. Andersen tweeted: “Terrible reports of shootings in Fields. We don’t yet know for sure how many injured or dead, but it’s very serious.
Footage from the scene showed people running out of the mall and TV2 released a photo of a man being put on a stretcher. After the shooting, a huge contingent of heavily armed police patrolled the area, with several fire engines also parked outside the mall.
Laurits Hermansen told Danish broadcaster DR he was in a clothing store in the mall with his family when he heard “three, four bangs. Really strong bangs. It looked like the shots were fired right next to the store.
The mall is on the outskirts of Copenhagen, just opposite a metro station for a line that connects the city center to the international airport. A major highway also passes by the mall.
Organizers canceled the Harry Styles concert, which was scheduled for the nearby Royal Arena, on the orders of the police.
On Snapchat, Styles wrote, “My team and I are praying for everyone involved in the Copenhagen mall shooting. I’m shocked. Love H.”
The royal palace said a reception with Crown Prince Frederik linked to the Tour de France cycling race had been cancelled. The first three stages of the race took place in Denmark this year. The reception was to take place on the royal yacht moored in Soenderborg, the town where the third leg ended.
In a joint statement, Queen Margrethe, her son Crown Prince Frederik and his wife, Crown Princess Mary, said: “We do not yet know the full extent of the tragedy, but it is already clear that more people lost their lives and many more were injured.
“The situation calls for unity and attention,” they said in a statement.
The shooting came a week after a mass shooting in neighboring Norway, where police said an Iranian-Norwegian opened fire at an LGBTQ festival, killing two people and injuring more than 20.