Man arrested after shooting at Copenhagen mall, several injured

A shootout in a Copenhagen shopping center on Sunday resulted in several casualties, Danish police said, adding that they had arrested one person in connection with the shooting, but did not give details of possible motives.

Police in Copenhagen tweeted that police reinforcements have been deployed around the large Field shopping center in the Amager district between the city center and the airport.

“We are on the spot, shots were fired, several people were injured,” the police said.

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Footage from the scene shows women carrying their children and paramedics taking people away on stretchers.

“Terrible reports of a shooting in Fields. We don’t know exactly how many people are injured or dead yet, but it’s very serious,” Copenhagen Mayor Sophie Andersen wrote in a social media post.

At least three people are being treated at the hospital, according to public broadcaster DR.

Eyewitnesses cited by Danish media said they saw more than 100 people rushing out of the mall when the first shots were fired.

“We saw that a lot of people suddenly ran towards the exit, and then we heard a bang. Then we also ran out of Field, ”Tea Schmidt, who was in the shopping center at the time of the attack, told TV2 TV presenter.

– One arrest –

Police urged people inside the building to wait for their arrival inside and urged others to stay away from the area.

In addition, the police asked witnesses to contact them and urged those who visited the mall to contact their relatives.

“One person has been arrested in connection with the shooting in Fields. We are unable to say anything else about their identity at this time,” the Copenhagen police later said in a Twitter post, but did not provide details of a potential motive for the shooting.

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Around 19:30 (1730 GMT), roads around the mall were closed, the subway stopped and a helicopter flew over the ground, an AFP correspondent at the scene said.

A heavily armed police officer prevented passers-by from approaching and the locals from returning to their homes.

The shooting comes just over a week after a gunman opened fire outside a gay bar in Oslo in neighboring Norway, killing two people and injuring 21 others.