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Several people were killed in a shooting at a shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark. A suspect, a 22-year-old Dane, has been arrested.
A shooting in a shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark, late Sunday afternoon, July 3, left “several dead” and several injured, announced the Danish police, who arrested a suspect, a Dane from 22 years old.
The young man, armed according to witnesses with an imposing rifle, was arrested shortly after the arrival of the police near the large Fields shopping mall, located between the city center and the airport of the Danish capital.
“There are several injuries, and we now know that there are several deaths,” Copenhagen Police Chief Inspector Søren Thomassen told a news conference.
The motives of the suspect, described as “a 22-year-old ethnic Dane”, remain unclear but “we cannot rule out an act of terrorism”, he said. According to him, there is no indication at this stage that other people participated in the killing.
Two days after the Tour de France passed through the Danish capital, with great scenes of jubilation, a large police force was deployed at the scene of the shooting and in several places in Copenhagen.
The killing occurred around 5:30 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. GMT), causing panic. Many visitors were there before a concert by British star Harry Styles in a nearby large hall, which was canceled in the evening.
According to witnesses interviewed by Danish media, the suspect tried to entrap victims, saying for example that his weapon was fake to entice them to get closer.
Extensive security perimeter
At around 7:30 p.m. local time (1730 GMT), the roads around the mall were blocked with a large security perimeter, metro traffic cut off and a helicopter hovered over the area, according to an AFP journalist on the spot. Heavily armed police prevent residents from returning to their homes. A crisis cell has been triggered, according to the mayor of Copenhagen Sophie Haestorp Andersen.
Police gave no indication of the motives for the shooting. The last attack in Copenhagen dates back to February 14 and 15, 2015, when a series of Islamist-motivated shootings left two dead and five injured.