Denmark: Several people killed in a shopping center in Copenhagen

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One person was arrested (Image: EPA)

Several people have been shot dead in a shopping center in Denmark.

Police rushed to the scene of the crime “in large numbers” at Copenhagen’s Field shopping center tonight.

A 22-year-old man, described by police as ethnically Danish, has been arrested.

The police have not ruled out a terrorist connection.

The exact number of dead has not been confirmed.

Local media reports that three people have been admitted to a trauma center in one of the capital’s main hospitals.

The attack happened hours before Harry Styles was scheduled to perform at a concert venue less than a mile away. Organizers said the gig would go ahead anyway.

In a Snapchat message, the British singer wrote: “My team and I are praying for everyone involved in the Copenhagen shopping center shooting. I’m shocked.’

Images show men, women and children fleeing the mall, with heavily armed police also pictured in the area.

epa10050005 People walk in front of the Fields shopping center in Oerstad, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 3, 2022. People have reported gunshots at the Fields shopping center in Copenhagen, according to Danish news agency Ritzau. EPA/Olafur Steinar Gestsson DENMARK OFF

A group of women were seen fleeing the area (Image: EPA)

epa10050021 An ambulance and armed police officers gather in front of Field's shopping mall on July 3, 2022 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Danish police have confirmed that shots were fired inside and several people were injured. EPA/Olafur Steinar Gestsson DENMARK OFF

An ambulance and armed police gather outside Field’s in Copenhagen (Image: EPA)

Speaking to the Jyllands-Posten newspaper, eyewitness Emilie Jeppesen said: “They didn’t know what was happening. Suddenly there was chaos everywhere.

“We were sitting there wanting to eat and suddenly we saw people running.

“Then at first we thought, ‘Why do people run?’ But then we heard gunshots.

Other viewers said people cried and hid from the gunfire in shops.

The Copenhagen police said officers don’t have the opportunity to say more about them at this time [arrested] identity of a person”.

The force initially tweeted: “We are in large numbers and a massive presence in Fields where we have received reports of shootings.

‘We will update here as soon as we know more about the current situation.’

They later added: “We are still present, shots were fired and several people were hit. We work on site.

epa10050012 People react in front of Fields shopping center during evacuation by armed police officers in Oerstad, Copenhagen, Denmark July 3, 2022. The Copenhagen Police Department tweeted that they are present at Fields shopping center in Copenhagen where shots were fired. EPA/Olafur Steinar Gestsson DENMARK OFF

A witness said it was “chaos everywhere” (Image: EPA)

‘People in the fields have to stay and wait for the police. All other people must stay away from Fields.

“If you see, hear or film anything, contact the Fields Police Department or call 114.”

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Justin Scacco

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