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Police in Denmark say several people were hit by gunfire in a shopping center in Copenhagen.

The shooting took place at Field’s shopping center, one of the largest in Scandinavia.

“One person has been arrested in connection with the shooting,” Copenhagen police tweeted, adding: “We are currently unable to disclose the person’s identity.”

Police said they had a large presence on the property.

They have scheduled a press conference about the event at 7:45pm UK time.

“We are still massively present at Field’s and are working to secure the entire building. If you are still in Fields, please stay where you are and wait for the police.”

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Local media have reported that three people have been admitted to a trauma center in one of Copenhagen’s main hospitals.

Images broadcast by the Danish TV2 show a man being placed on a stretcher.

Copenhagen Mayor Sophie Andersen tweeted: “Terrible reports of shootings in Fields. We are not sure yet how many injured or killed, but it is very serious.

“Emergency preparedness for Copenhagen has been called,” she added, we understand with reference to the municipality’s crisis response plan.

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Photos from Reuters show people running away from the mall, including families with young children.

Another shows armed police standing outside an ambulance on the street.

People react outside Field's shopping center after Danish police said they had received reports of shootings in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 3, 2022. Ritzau Scanpix/Olafur Steinar Gestsson via REUTERS EDITORIAL ATTENTION - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.  DENMARK OUT.  NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALE IN DENMARK.
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The number of injured has not been disclosed.

Photos shared by local media organizations show heavily armed police on the scene and at least ten ambulances.

People leave Field's shopping center after Danish police said they had received reports of shootings in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 3, 2022. Ritzau Scanpix/Olafur Steinar Gestsson via REUTERS EDITORIAL ATTENTION - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY .  DENMARK OUT.  NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALE IN DENMARK.
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British singer Harry Styles was due to perform at a venue close to the shopping center tonight at 7pm UK time.

In a Snapchat post, he wrote: “My team and I are praying for everyone involved in the shooting at the Copenhagen shopping mall. I am shocked.”

Concert promoter Live Nation said the concert would still take place at 8 p.m.

“We are aware that the roads around the arena are closed and it may take longer to get to the concert,” it warned.

“Our security officers are in close coordination with the police who have the situation under control.

“The police have also given permission for the concert to go ahead as planned.

“We are leading the audience into the arena as quickly and quietly as possible, and more than half of the audience is already seated. We wish you all a good concert,” she added.

The Danish royal family announced that they had canceled a dinner planned to celebrate the opening stage of the Tour de France in Denmark.

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