Danish police say three people have been killed and three others are in critical condition after a shooting at a shopping center in Copenhagen.
The 22-year-old Danish man was arrested after the shooting, Copenhagen Police Inspector Soren Thomassen told reporters, adding that there was no indication that anyone else was involved in the attack, although police were still investigating.
Gun violence is relatively rare in Denmark.
Thomassen said it was too early to speculate about the motive for the shooting, which took place in the late afternoon at Field’s, one of the largest shopping centers in Scandinavia and located on the outskirts of the Danish capital.
Thomassen said the victims included a man in his 40s and two “youngsters”, without giving details. Several others were injured, three of them in critical condition, he added.
He said police received the first reports of a shooting at 5:37 p.m. and arrested the suspect 11 minutes later. Thomassen described the suspect as an “ethnic Dane,” a phrase commonly used to indicate that someone is white.
Danish broadcaster TV2 published a grainy photo of the alleged gunman, a man wearing knee-length shorts, a vest or sleeveless shirt, and holding what appeared to be a rifle in his right hand.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the Scandinavian country has been hit by a “cruel attack”.
“It is incomprehensible. Heartbreaking. Pointless,” she said. “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital had changed in a split second.”
Footage from the scene showed people running out of the mall and TV2 posted a photo of a man being placed on a stretcher. After the shooting, a huge contingent of heavily armed police officers patrolled the area, with several fire engines parked outside the centre.
The royal palace said a reception with Crown Prince Frederik linked to the Tour de France cycling race had been cancelled.
The first three stages of the race were held in Denmark this year. The reception would take place on the royal yacht moored in Soenderborg, the place where the third stage ended.
In a joint statement, Queen Margrethe, her son Crown Prince Frederik and his wife Crown Princess Mary said: “We do not yet know the full extent of the tragedy, but it is already clear that more people have lost their lives and there are more injured.
“The situation calls for unity and care.”
The shooting came a week after a mass shooting in neighboring Norway, where police say a Norwegian man of Iranian descent opened fire during an LGBTQ festival, killing two and injuring more than 20.
It was the worst weapons attack in Denmark since February 2015, when a 22-year-old man was killed in a shootout with police after a shooting in the capital that left two people dead and five police officers injured.