Denmark | Several dead in a shooting in Copenhagen

(Copenhagen) Several people were hit by gunfire in a large shopping center in Copenhagen on Sunday. A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting that killed several people, police said.

Posted at 1:02 p.m
Updated at 2:08 p.m

Camille BAS-WOHLERT, with Marc PREEL
Media Agency France

“We don’t yet know exactly how many are injured or dead, but it’s very serious,” Copenhagen Mayor Sophie H. Andersen said on Twitter.

Two days after the Tour de France passed through the Danish capital, these late afternoon shots were fired at the Fields shopping center in the Amager district, which lies between the city center and the capital’s airport.


PHOTO OLAFUR STEINAR GESTSSON, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

People walk during the evacuation of the Fields shopping center in Copenhagen.

“One person has been arrested in connection with the shooting. We don’t immediately have the opportunity to say more about his identity,” the police said on Twitter at the beginning of the evening.

Significant police reinforcements were dispatched to the outskirts of this huge shopping mall after gunshots were reported by witnesses.

Footage from the scene showed paramedics carrying an injured person onto a stretcher and mothers comforting their children in their arms.

Police did not immediately give the number or condition of the victims. According to national television DR, three people have been taken to hospital, but that assessment does not include possible on-site assistance.

According to the mayor of Copenhagen, a crisis team was triggered.

According to the Danish media, when the first shots were heard, more than a hundred people stormed in front of the shopping center.


PHOTO OLAFUR STEINAR GESTSSON, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A woman ran away with her two children.

Extensive security perimeter

“We are on site, shots were fired and several people were hit,” the police said shortly afterwards on Twitter.

Authorities have urged people who may be inside the building to wait inside for help to arrive and everyone else to stay clear of the area.

At around 7:30 p.m. local time, roads around the mall were closed with a large security perimeter, subway services halted and a helicopter hovered over the area, an AFP journalist at the scene reported.

Heavily armed police prevent residents from returning to their homes.

The crime scene is near a large concert hall, the Royal Arena, where a concert by British singer Harry Styles was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

The police did not provide any information about the motive for the shooting.

The most recent attack in Copenhagen dates back to February 14-15, 2015, when a series of Islamist-motivated shootings killed two and wounded five.

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