Three dead in gunfire at Copenhagen shopping center, police say

At least three people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a shopping center in Copenhagen on Sunday, police said. Several others were injured, including three in critical condition, Police Inspector Søren Thomassen said.

The suspect in custody is a 22-year-old Dane who was arrested near the Fields shopping center, said Thomassen, head of the Copenhagen Police Task Force.

Thomassen said the three victims were a man in his 40s and “two young people”.

Thomassen said earlier on Sunday that terrorism could not be ruled out. “We have no information that others are involved. We know that now.”

Police said later Sunday that the suspect was in possession of a gun and ammunition when he was arrested. He is charged with manslaughter and is due to appear before a judge on Monday.

He said the suspect is an “ethnic Dane,” a term typically used to mean someone is white.

Earlier Sunday, Copenhagen Mayor Sophie H. Andersen tweeted: “Terrible reports of gunfire in fields. We don’t yet know exactly how many were injured or killed, but it’s very serious.”

Pictures from the scene showed people running from the mall and Danish broadcaster TV2 published a photo of a man being placed on a stretcher. Witnesses said people cried and hid in shops.

Danish police receive reports of shots fired at the Field shopping center in Copenhagen
People leave a shopping center after Danish police received reports of a shooting in Copenhagen on July 3, 2022.

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Laurits Hermansen told Danish broadcaster DR that he was with his family in a clothing store in the mall when he heard “Three Four Bang”. Really loud bang. It sounded like the shots were fired right next to the store.

A large presence of heavily armed police officers were at the scene, and several fire engines were also parked outside the mall.

“One person has been arrested in connection with the Fields shooting. We cannot say more about the person concerned at this time,” according to the Copenhagen police tweeted. “We have a massive presence at Fields and are working to get an overview.”

The shopping center is located on the outskirts of Copenhagen, directly opposite a metro line that connects the city center with the international airport. A major freeway also runs next to Fields, which opened in 2004.

A concert by former One Direction band member Harry Styles that was due to take place at the nearby Royal Arena on Sunday night has been cancelled.

“I am heartbroken along with the people of Copenhagen. I adore this city. People are so warm and full of love. I am heartbroken for the victims, their families and anyone who is being hurt,” Styles said tweeted. “I’m sorry we couldn’t be together. Please take care of each other. H.”

Shortly after the shooting, the royal palace announced that a reception with Crown Prince Frederik in connection with the Tour de France cycle race had been cancelled. The first three stages of the race were held in Denmark this year, the palace said in a statement. The reception was to take place on the royal yacht, which is moored in Soenderborg, the town where stage three ended.