Shooting in Copenhagen: the attack on a shopping center in Denmark leaves 3 dead and several injured

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Three people were killed and several others injured in a shootout at a shopping center in Copenhagen, officials in the Danish capital said on Sunday.

At around 5.30pm on Sunday, police in Copenhagen received reports of a shooting at Field’s, a shopping center east of the canal that runs through the city of around 800,000. Officers arrested a suspect near a freeway exit 13 minutes later.

The suspect, a 22-year-old Dane, allegedly acted alone, police said after a preliminary investigation. He will be charged with manslaughter, Chief Police Inspector Soren Thomassen said, according to Danish broadcaster TV2.

A man in his 40s, a young man and a young woman were killed in the shooting, according to law enforcement. The police were working to notify loved ones of deaths.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen described the shooting in a statement as a “cruel attack”. She offered her sympathy to the victims, their families and “to all Danes who were close to the sinister events”.

The attack came as a shock to many Danes, as mass shootings are rare in Denmark and other Scandinavian countries, which have strict gun laws.

“We were all abruptly pulled away from the bright summer we had just begun,” Frederiksen said. “It’s the world upside down. Heartbreaking. Useless.”

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Copenhagen hosted the opening events of the Tour de France this weekend, whose organizers said in a statement they were “extremely shocked and saddened to learn of what happened in Copenhagen. The people of Copenhagen gave the peloton one of the best receptions in the history of the sport.

British singer Harry Styles also canceled a Sunday evening concert located near Field’s.

The shooting comes as Copenhagen’s northern neighbor Oslo reels from a shooting at a gay club that left two people dead and 10 seriously injured.

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