Several people shot in Copenhagen shopping center, police say

Danish police said on Sunday that several people had been shot dead in a shopping center in Copenhagen, one of the largest in Scandinavia.

Copenhagen police said one person has been arrested in connection with the shooting at Field’s shopping center, which is close to the city’s airport. Law enforcement tweeted that “several people have been touched” but gave no other details.

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

Footage from the scene showed people running out of the shopping center and Danish broadcaster TV2 posted a photo of a man being placed on a stretcher. Witnesses said people were crying and hiding in shops.

Laurits Hermansen told Danish broadcaster DR that he was in a shopping center clothing store with his family when he heard “three-four bangs”. Really loud bangs. It sounded like the shots were fired right next to the store.”

There was a huge presence of heavily armed police officers, and several fire engines were also parked outside the mall.

“One person has been arrested in connection with the Fields shooting. We cannot say more about the person involved at the moment,” Copenhagen police tweeted† “We are massively present at Fields and are working on getting an overview.”

The shopping center is located on the outskirts of Copenhagen, opposite a metro line connecting the city center with the international airport. A major highway also runs adjacent to Fields, which opened in 2004.

A concert by former One Direction band member Harry Styles was scheduled for 8pm (1800 GMT; 2pm EDT) at the nearby Royal Arena. It was not clear whether the concert would go ahead.

On Snapchat, Styles wrote: “My team and I are praying for everyone involved in the shooting at the Copenhagen shopping mall. I am shocked. Love H.”

Shortly after the shooting, the royal palace said a reception with Crown Prince Frederik associated with the Tour de France cycling race had been cancelled. The first three stages of the race were held in Denmark this year, the palace said in a statement. The reception would take place on the royal yacht moored in Soenderborg, the place where the third stage ended.

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