A gunman opened fire at a shopping center in Copenhagen, one of the largest in Scandinavia, killing several people and wounding several others on Sunday, police said.
Police Inspector Soren Thomassen, head of the Copenhagen police operations unit, said the suspect, a 22-year-old Danish man, was arrested near the Fields shopping centre.
“We know that there are some people dead” and “some people are injured,” Thomassen told a news conference.
He said there was nothing to suggest other suspects were involved, adding that terrorism could not be ruled out at this stage.
Thomassen did not provide any further details about the victims or suspects, nor say how many people were killed or injured.
A spokesman told Reuters the capital’s main hospital, Rigshospitalet, had received a “small group of patients” for treatment after the incident, possibly more than three. The spokesperson added that they have called in additional staff, including surgeons and nurses.
Police said they were first alerted to the shooting at 5:36 p.m. local time (11:36 a.m. EDT). They advised those inside the mall to stay put and wait for police assistance, and asked others to stay away from the area.
Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, mayor of Copenhagen, said in a Facebook post: “We don’t know for sure how many people were injured or killed, but it’s very serious.
Police said on Twitter that they had a “huge” presence at the mall, and urged the public to submit footage and other information from the scene.
Several fire brigade vehicles were also parked outside the mall.
Pictures from the scene showed people running out of the mall, and Danish broadcaster TV2 shared a photo of a man being carried on a stretcher.
Witnesses said people were crying and hiding in shops. Laurits Hermansen told Danish broadcaster DR that he was in a clothing store at a shopping center with his family when he heard “three or four explosions. The explosions were really loud. It sounded like the explosions. guns are being fired right next to the store.”
An event in Southern Denmark to celebrate the end of the first three stages of the Tour de France cycling race, chaired by the Crown Prince of Denmark and attended by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, was canceled at the end. on Sunday, the Royal said. website.
This shopping center is located on the outskirts of Copenhagen directly across from a metro line that connects the city center with the international airport. A major highway also runs adjacent to the Fields.
British singer Harry Styles will perform later in the evening at a concert venue less than a mile from the mall.
The concert will go ahead as scheduled after close dialogue with police and half of the audience has entered the venue, concert organizer Live Nation said in an email comment to Reuters.