Three dead after shooting in a shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark


(CNN) — A shooting at a shopping center in Copenhagen left three people dead, local authorities said on Sunday. Several others are injured, with three hospitalized in critical condition.

The shooting unfolded Sunday at multiple locations inside Field’s, a shopping center in the danish capital. Social media footage showed people running through the mall and heavily armed law enforcement officers at the scene.

At a press conference on Monday morning (local time), Copenhagen Police Chief Soren Thomassen said the victims include “a man in his 40s and two young men.”

A young Danish man has been arrested in “undramatic fashion” in connection with the shooting, according to Thomassen, and is currently the only suspect.

“We are convinced that the arrested 22-year-old suspect was the shooter, was carrying a rifle and ammunition,” he said, adding that investigators “believe the suspect was not operating with others, but until they are absolutely sure that it isn’t, I won’t rule it out.”

Eyewitness Joachim Olsen, a former Danish politician and athlete, told CNN he was heading to a gym inside Field’s when he saw groups of people leaving the mall.

“It looked like something, I’m sorry to say, like something you’d see at a school shooting in the US, people walking out with their hands on their heads,” Olsen described.

People running during the evacuation of the Fields shopping mall in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 3, 2022 after Danish media reported a shooting. Credit: OLAFUR STEINAR GESTSSON/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images

“There were people running around looking for friends and calling friends and family that were inside, some talking to friends that were inside,” he said. “Old men with their arms around the necks of the people who carry them, their feet just being dragged along the ground.”

Outside the mall, Olsen spoke with a man who chatted with an off-duty paramedic whose arms “were covered in blood up to the elbows.”

“He wanted to go back in, but the police wouldn’t let him,” Olsen said.

According to Olsen, security tried to move the crowd away from the mall.

“At one point they ran us out. The police came and said, ‘Run, run, run, they’re still shooting over there.'”

Credit: OLAFUR STEINAR GESTSSON/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images

A spokesman for Rigshospitalet, Denmark’s largest hospital, told CNN that the hospital had received several victims of the incident and called in additional staff to deal with the emergency.

In a release on Sunday night, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen sent her condolences to the injured, their families and mourners, as well as “all Danes who were close to these terrifying events.”

“We have all been brutally ripped from the brilliant summer that had just begun. It is incomprehensible. Heartbreaking. Nonsense. Our beautiful and usually so safe capital city changed in a split second,” Frederiksen said.

In a statement, the Royal House of Denmark said: “Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the victims, their families and all those affected by the tragedy.”

The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, also expressed her solidarity with the people of Denmark.

“Thinking of everyone in #Copenhagen tonight after the horrific reports of multiple people killed in a shopping mall shooting. We stand with you Denmark,” tweeted.

Armed violence is relatively rare in Denmark. The last major shooting in Copenhagen was in 2015, when a gunman attacked a free speech forum featuring controversial cartoonist Lars Vilks, killing one man and wounding three others.





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