Several Dead After Gunman Opens Fire At Copenhagen Mall

Update (1910ET): ‘Several’ people have died and many more left injured following Sunday’s shooting at a Copenhagen mall.

Officers were called to the Fields shopping center at 5:30 p.m. local time on Sunday following reports of a gunman firing shots. According to Chief police inspector Soren Thomassen, a 22-year-old Danish national was arrested in connection with the shooting.

Thomassen added that the shooter targeted several areas within the mall, according to DW.

Several were killed, even more wounded. Innocent families shopping or eating out. Children, young people and adult,” said Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen in response to the shooting, adding that it was “heartbreaking” and “pointless.”

“I want to encourage Danish people to stand together and support each other at this difficult time,” she added.

Danish newspaper Berlingske spoke to an eyewitness at the mall, who said shoppers rushed to leave the mall when the shooting began.

“It was crazy,” said store worker Chelobeth Johansen. She said she heard several shots and could see people had started running before she shut the store and left the mall herself.

“People first thought it was a thief … Then I suddenly hear shots and threw myself behind the counter inside the store,” another eyewitness Rikke Levandovski told TV2.

“He is just shooting into the crowd, not up in the ceiling or into the floor,” she added.

Shopper Laurits Hermansen told DR that he was in a clothing store 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.”

The shooting took place just hours before pop star Harry Styles was to play a sold-out concert at the Royal Arena, which is just a short drive from the mall.

Danish media reported that the gig was called off at the last minute. -DW

Unconfirmed footage shows the suspected gunman holding a rifle to his head just one day before the shooting.

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Update (1322ET): DW News and Sky News both report one person has been arrested at the Field’s shopping mall in the capital of Copenhagen after a shooting inside the mall left several injured. 

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Copenhagen Police said gunshots were reported at the Fields shopping center in the capital of Copenhagen on Sunday evening. 

“We are still present, shots have been fired and several people have been hit. We work on-site. People in the Fields must stay and await the police,” Copenhagen Police tweeted.

Sky News now reporting the incident. 

Here’s an alleged video from within the shopping mall at the time of the incident. 

People were seen fleeing the mall. 

Danish radio said heavily armed police have arrived on the scene as well as ambulances. 

There are no official reports of how many people may have been killed or wounded.


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