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Several people killed in Copenhagen shopping center shooting

Several people killed in Copenhagen shopping center shooting

A gunman opened fire on a Copenhagen shopping center, one of the largest of its kind in Scandinavia, on Sunday, killing an unspecified number of people and wounding several others, police said.

The suspected armed man, who is in custody, is a 22-year-old Danish man who was detained near the Fields shopping center in the southern suburbs of the capital, said police inspector Søren Thomassen, head of the Copenhagen police’s operational unit , said.

“We know there are several dead and several injured,” Thomassen told a news conference, adding that terrorism could not be ruled out. “We have no information that others are involved. That’s what we know now.”

He did not provide any further details about the victims or suspect or said how many people were killed or injured. The shopping center is on the outskirts of Copenhagen just across a subway line connecting the city center with the international airport. A major highway also runs along Fields, which opened in 2004.

Images of the scene showed people running out of the mall, and Denmark’s TV2 broadcaster posted a photo of a man sitting on a stretcher. Eyewitnesses said people cried and hid in stores.

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

Copenhagen Mayor Sophie H. Andersen tweeted: “Terrible reports of shooting in Fields. We do not yet know for sure how many were injured or killed, but it is very serious.”

Police said they were only notified of the shooting at 17:36 (1536 GMT; 11:36 am EDT). A large presence of heavily armed police officers arrived at the scene, with several firefighting vehicles also parked outside the mall.

“One person has been arrested in connection with the shooting at Fields. We are currently unable to say more about that person,” Copenhagen police tweeted. “We have a massive presence at Fields and are working to get an overview.”

A concert by former One Direction band member Harry Styles was scheduled to be held at 20:00 (1800 GMT; 14:00 EDT) at the nearby Royal Arena. It was unclear whether the concert would continue.

On Snapchat, Styles wrote “My team and I pray for everyone involved in the Copenhagen mall shooting. I’m shocked. Love H.”

Shortly after the shooting, the royal palace said a reception with Crown Prince Frederik attached to the Tour de France cycling race had been canceled. The first three phases of the race were held in Denmark this year, the palace said in a statement. The reception would be held on the royal yacht moored in Sonderborg, the town where the third phase ended.

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