A burst of shots in a large shopping mall in the Danish capital left three dead and three other victims seriously injured this Sunday, reported by the Danish Police. Minutes after the first report, there was already a detainee for the shots and, for the moment, there are no indications that there are other aggressors, added the Security Force. When the shots were heard, some people hid inside shops, while others ran away in horror in a stampede, according to witnesses.
Copenhagen Police Inspector Sren Thomassen reported that the detainee is a 22-year-old Danish man and said the three victims were a man in his early 40s and “two young men.” Thomassen said it is too early to speculate on a motive for the shooting, which took place this afternoon at Field’s, one of Scandinavia’s largest shopping malls on the outskirts of the Danish capital.
The police operation that was deployed in the vicinity of the Field’s business premises, in the Amager neighborhood, located between the center and the airport of the capital, indicated the armed body of Copenhagen on Twitter. “We are in the place, shots have been fired and several people have been hit,” they detailed. There are also firefighters present.
In the first videos taken in the mall where the incident occurred, it is observed how the people who were shopping begin to run desperately around the place without stopping screaming, while others lie fallen on the floor, among the tumult.
After what happened, the local armed body avoided giving more details as to who was apprehended and asked that those who were in the mall try to communicate with their families.
“There are terrible reports about the shooting at Field’s. We still don’t know for sure how many were injured or killed, but it is very serious. The crisis plan has been activated. We are in close contact with the Police,” Copenhagen Mayor Sophie H. Andersen wrote on Twitter.
Forfærdelige meldinger om skyderi i Fields. Vi ved endnu ikke med sikkerhed, hvor mange der er sårede eller døde, men det er meget alvorligt. Kriseberedskabet i @Koebenhavner er indkaldt. Vi er klar til at hjælpe, hvis @KobenhavnPoliti efterspørger det. Vi er i tæt kontakt #dkpol
— Sophie H. Andersen (@SophieHAndersen) July 3, 2022
“One person has been arrested in connection with the shooting at Field’s. We currently do not have the opportunity to say more about the person’s identity. We are massively present at Field’s and we are working to form a general vision”, they indicated from the Security Force.
A witness at the scene, Laurits Hermansen, told Danish broadcaster DR that she was in a clothing store with her family when she heard “three or four very loud explosions” and added: “It seemed like the shots were being fired right next to the store”.
The capital’s main hospital, Rigshospitalet, had received a “small group of patients”, a spokesman told Reuters, adding that it had requested additional staff, including surgeons and nurses.
The local press published images showing heavily armed police officers at the scene, and people running away from the Field’s shopping mall.