BAt least three people have been shot dead in a bloody attack at a shopping center in Copenhagen. The victims were a man aged between 40 and 50 and two teenagers, police chief inspector Søren Thomassen said in the Danish capital on Monday night, according to local media. 3 others were seriously injured and are in critical condition.
Thomassen did not provide any information about a possible motive. There is speculation on social media about a racist background, he said. There is currently no evidence for this. Police arrested a 22-year-old Dane in connection with the incident. Thomassen said the suspected shooter was “basically known” to police. He did not provide any further information on this.
Police believe the culprit acted alone. “Until we are convinced that the hypothesis is correct, we will conduct a wide-ranging investigation and maintain a large operational presence in Copenhagen until we can say he is alone,” Thomassen said. The man was in possession of a firearm and ammunition when arrested. Another weapon may be involved.
It has been informed that the arrested person will be questioned on Monday. He will be charged with murder. But the charge may still change. Police initially did not want to say whether the man was a member of a rifle club and whether he legally owned a gun.
Copenhagen Mayor Sophie H. Anderson was stunned by the “terrible” shootings at Field’s shopping mall. A reception on board with Danish Crown Prince Frederik has been cancelled.
It is the second attack in a Scandinavian capital in a short period of time. A week earlier, two people were killed and 21 injured at a gay bar in Oslo. The Norwegian secret service PST classified the attack as an Islamic terrorist attack.
Eyewitness Lauritz Hermansson told broadcaster DR of the scenes in Copenhagen that she was in a shop with her family when she heard three or four loud bangs. Others then ran into the store and reported the sightings, and he and his family fled through the emergency exit, Hermanson said.
“Suddenly there was confusion everywhere”
A helicopter flew over the area. The area is cordoned off. Police called on eyewitnesses to provide video and photographic material.
Witnesses told the Jyllands-Boston newspaper that they heard gunshots. “You don’t know what’s going on. Suddenly there was chaos everywhere,” 20-year-old Emily Jepsen told the newspaper. Her friend Astrid Kofoed Jørgensen said: “Everyone in the restaurant was sent to the kitchen, and then we sat there and could hear three or four shots.”
Media: Harry Styles concert canceled in Copenhagen
Fields is a large shopping center in the relatively new district of Örestad, south of Copenhagen. The large multipurpose hall Royal Arena is also nearby. A sold-out concert by British singer Harry Styles was scheduled there on Sunday. According to the media, it was canceled after the death scenes.
Several thousand fans were first allowed inside the hall and waited there. TV2 television reported Sunday evening that fans in the hall were told the concert would not take place due to security reasons. Fans were asked to leave the hall quietly.
After the footage became known, the organizer initially announced on Facebook that the concert would still go ahead. However, that was before the deaths were reported. Hundreds of users criticized the organizer’s first decision on social media.
Danish royal family calls for unity after shots fired
The Danish royal family called for unity. “The situation requires solidarity and care, and we thank the police, emergency services and health authorities for their quick and effective action during these hours,” Queen Margrethe II and the crown prince couple – Frederik and Mary – said in a statement late on. Sunday evening.
The royal family was shocked by the “shocking news”. “We do not yet know the full extent of the tragedy, but it is already clear that many have died and many have been injured,” the statement said. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the victims, their families and everyone affected by the tragedy.”
Emergency services cordoned off the entire island of Zealand, where the Danish capital is located. Several roads and highway exits were closed. The army has taken over security duties from the police to ensure that more forces are available to investigate the bloody incident. Authorities set up a place for eyewitnesses to give their testimonies and receive psychological support.
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