3 killed in shooting at Copenhagen shopping mall, police say

At least three people were killed when a gunman opened fire in a Copenhagen shopping mall Sunday, police said. Several others were wounded, including three who are in critical condition, police inspector Søren Thomassen said.

The suspect, who is in custody, is a 22-year-old Danish man who was detained near the Fields shopping mall, said Thomassen, head of the Copenhagen police operations unit.

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

Earlier Sunday, Thomassen said that terror can’t be ruled out. “We do not have information that others are involved. This is what we know now.”

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

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

Earlier Sunday, Copenhagen Mayor Sophie H. Andersen tweeted: “Terrible reports of shooting in Fields. We don’t yet know for sure how many were injured or dead, but it is very serious.”

Images from the scene showed people running out of the mall, and Denmark’s TV2 broadcaster posted a photo of a man being put on a stretcher. Witnesses said people were crying and hid in shops.

Danish police receives reports of shooting at Field's shopping centre, in Copenhagen
People leave a shopping center after Danish police said they received reports of a shooting in Copenhagen on July 3, 2022.

Ritzau Scanpix/Olafur Steinar Gestsson via REUTERS


Laurits Hermansen told Danish broadcaster DR that he was in a clothing store at the shopping center with his family when he heard “three-four bangs. Really loud bangs. It sounded like the shots were being fired just next to the store.”

A huge presence of heavily-armed police officers was on hand, with several fire department vehicles also parked outside the mall.

“One person has been arrested in connection with the shooting at Fields. We are currently not able to say more about the person concerned,” Copenhagen police tweeted. “We have a massive presence at Fields and are working on getting an overview.”

The shopping center is on the outskirts of Copenhagen just across from a subway line that connects the city center with the international airport. A major highway also runs adjacent to Fields, which opened in 2004.

A concert by former One Direction band member Harry Styles that had been scheduled to be held Sunday night at the nearby Royal Arena was cancelled.

“I’m heartbroken along with the people of Copenhagen. I adore this city. The people are so warm and full of love. I’m devastated for the victims, their families, and everyone hurting,” Styles tweeted. “I’m sorry we couldn’t be together. Please look after each other. H.”

Shortly after the shooting, the royal palace said a reception with Crown Prince Frederik connected to the Tour de France cycling 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 due to be held on the royal yacht that is moored in Soenderborg, the town where the third stage ended.

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