Images have emerged of the suspected shooter in yesterday’s deadly Copenhagen shooting that killed three people.
Three others are in critical condition after the tragedy, Danish police have confirmed.
A 22-year-old man was arrested after the shooting, no one else thought he was involved in the attack.
Danish broadcaster TV2 has released a grainy photo of the suspected shooter, a man wearing knee-length shorts and a vest, holding a rifle in his right hand.
The weapon is believed to be a Scandinavian target rifle.
Video footage shows the suspect slinging the gun as he walks through the Fields shopping center on the outskirts of Copenhagen.
City Police Inspector Soren Thomassen said victims of last night’s shooting included a man in his 40s and two “young people”.
He described the suspect as “ethnic Danish,” a term typically used to mean someone is white.
Police received the first reports of the incident at 5.37pm and arrested the suspect 11 minutes later.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the Scandinavian country had been hit by a “cruel attack”.
“It is incomprehensible. heartbreaking. Pointless,’ she said. ‘Our beautiful and usually so safe capital has been transformed in a split second.’
Pictures from the scene showed people running from the mall and TV2 published a photo of a man being placed on a stretcher.
After the shooting, a massive contingent of heavily armed police officers patrolled the area, with several fire engines also parked outside the center.
The attack happened hours before Harry Styles was scheduled to perform at a concert venue less than a mile away. The performance was canceled after the tragedy.
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.’
Eyewitness Emilie Jeppesen told the Jyllands-Posten newspaper: “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 shots.”
The Danish Royal Palace said a reception with Crown Prince Frederik in connection with the Tour de France cycling race had been cancelled.
The first three stages of the race were held in the country this year. The reception was to take place on the royal yacht, which is moored in Soenderborg, the town where stage three ended.
In a joint statement, Queen Margrethe, her son Crown Prince Frederik and his wife, Crown Princess Mary, said: “We do not yet know the full extent of the tragedy, but it is already clear that more people have lost their lives and that even more have been injured.
“The situation calls for unity and care.”
The shooting came a week after a mass shooting in neighboring Norway in which police said a Norwegian of Iranian descent opened fire during an LGBTQ festival, killing two and injuring more than 20.
Last night’s incident was the worst gun attack in Denmark since February 2015, when a 22-year-old man was killed in a shootout with police after he went on a killing spree in the capital, killing two and injuring five police officers .
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/07/04/chilling-footage-released-of-copenhagen-shooting-suspect-16935764/ Terrifying footage of suspected Copenhagen shooter released