Several people shot dead in Copenhagen shopping mall, police say

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish police said Sunday that several people were shot dead at a shopping center in Copenhagen, one of the largest in Scandinavia.

Copenhagen police said one person had been arrested in connection with the shooting at the Field shopping center near the city’s airport. Police tweeted that “several people were affected”, but gave no further details.

Copenhagen Mayor Sophie H. Andersen tweeted: “Terrible reports of shootings in Fields. We don’t yet know for sure how many injured or dead, but it’s very serious.

Footage from the scene showed people running out of the mall and Danish broadcaster TV2 posted a photo of a man being put on a stretcher. Witnesses said people were crying and hiding in stores.

Laurits Hermansen told Danish broadcaster DR he was in a clothing store in the mall with his family when he heard “three-four bangs. Really strong bangs. It looked like the shots were fired right next to the store.

Police said they were first alerted to the shooting at 5:36 p.m. (3:36 p.m. GMT; 11:36 a.m. EDT). A huge presence of heavily armed police was on hand, with several fire engines also parked outside the mall.

“One person has been arrested in connection with the Fields shooting. We are currently unable to say more about the person concerned,” Copenhagen police tweeted. “We have a massive presence at Fields and we’re working to get the big picture.”

The mall is on the outskirts of Copenhagen, just across a metro line that connects the city center to the international airport. A major freeway also passes by Fields, which opened in 2004.

A concert by former One Direction band member Harry Styles was due to take place at 8 p.m. (6 p.m. GMT; 2 p.m. EDT) at the nearby Royal Arena. It was unclear whether the concert would take place.

On Snapchat, Styles wrote, “My team and I are praying for everyone involved in the Copenhagen mall shooting. I’m shocked. I love H.”

Shortly after the shooting, 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 palace said in a statement. The reception was to take place on the royal yacht moored in Soenderborg, the town where the third leg ended.

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Karl Ritter reported from Unterseen, Switzerland.

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