COPENHAGEN (Danmark aEUR") A gunman opened fire in a busy shopping center in Copenhagen on Sunday killing three people and seriously wounding three more, police said.
After the shooting, a 22-year-old Danish citizen was taken into custody.
Danemark is a country where gun violence is rare.
Thomassen stated that it was too soon to speculate about the motive behind the shooting. It took place in the late afternoon at Field's shopping center, which is one of Scandinavia's largest malls and is located just outside of Copenhagen. Witnesses say that some people fled to safety while others ran in panicked stampedes after the shots rang.
It is pure terror. Hans Christian Stoltz (53 years old IT consultant) said that it was horrible. He was taking his daughters with him to Harry Styles' concert near the mall. You might be astonished at how someone can do such a thing to another person, but it's beyond... beyond what's possible.
Thomassen stated that the victims were a man in his 40s as well as two "young people," but did not give details. He said that several others were also injured, three of which were critically.
According to Thomassen, police received the initial reports of a shooting around 5.37 p.m. and arrested the suspect just 11 minutes later. Thomassen called the suspect an "ethnic Dane", a term that is commonly used to describe someone who is white.
Danish broadcaster TV2 published a grainy photograph of the alleged gunman. It showed a man in knee-length shorts and a vest or sleeveless shirt with what looked like a rifle in his right. Eyewitness Mahdi al-Wazni said that he saw him acting very violently and angry. "He spoke to my camera and said that the rifle wasn't real, as he was filming me. He seemed proud of his work."
Mette Frederiksen, Danish Prime Minister, stated that the Scandinavian country was under "cruel attack".
It is beyond comprehension. Heartbreaking. She said, "Pointless." "Our beautiful, and often so safe capital was altered in a split second."
The scene featured people running out the mall and TV2 posted photos of a man being taken to the hospital. A large contingent of police officers armed with guns patrolled the area after the shooting. There were also fire department vehicles parked outside the mall.
Danish broadcaster DR reported that Laurits Hermansen was at the clothing store in the shopping center when he heard "three to four bangs." These bangs were really loud. It was almost as if shots were being fired right next to the store.
The shopping center is located in Copenhagen's outskirts, just across from the subway station that runs the line connecting the city centre with the international airport. The mall is also connected to a major highway.
Police ordered organizers to cancel the Harry Styles concert at the Royal Arena.
Styles posted this Snapchat message: "My team, I pray for all those involved in the Copenhagen shopping center shooting. I am shocked. Love H."
According to the royal palace, a reception with Crown Prince Frederik regarding the Tour de France cycling race was cancelled. This year, the first three stages of this race were held in Denmark. The royal yacht, moored in Soenderborg (the town where the third stage concluded), was the venue for the reception.
Queen Margrethe, her Crown Prince Frederik's son, and Crown Princess Mary's wife, made a joint statement. "We don’t yet know the full extent, but it’s already clear that more people lost their lives, and that even more were injured."
They stated that "The situation requires unity and care."
This shooting occurred a week following a mass shooting in Norway. Police said that a Norwegian man of Iranian descent opened fire at a LGBTQ festival. Two people were killed and more than 20 others were injured.
This was the deadliest gun attack in Denmark since February 2015. In that incident, a 22-year old man was killed in a shootout between police and he had been on a shooting spree through the capital. Five police officers were also wounded.