A shooting in a large shopping center in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, has left “several” people injured this Sunday, Danish police reported. Minutes later, the police have reported an arrest: “One person has been arrested in connection with the shooting at the Fields Mall. We are not yet able to provide further information on the identity of this person.”
The police deployed significant reinforcements near the Fields shopping center in the Amager neighborhood, located between the center and the capital’s airport, the Copenhagen armed body said on Twitter. “We are on the spot, shots have been fired and several people have been hit,” he reported. “We still don’t know for sure how many are injured or dead, but it is very serious,” Copenhagen Mayor Sophie H. Andersen said on the same social network.
According to a witness who filmed with the cell phone, the arrested suspect (a white male) was screaming, breaking windows and dressed in military-style clothing: a sleeveless vest and knee-length pants.
More than a hundred people ran out of the shopping center when the first shots were heard, according to witnesses quoted by the Danish media. The police asked the people who were still in the building to remain inside the compound until their troops arrived.
Footage from the scene shows paramedics carrying an injured person onto a stretcher and mothers comforting their children in their arms. Police have not yet specified the number or condition of the victims. A crisis unit has been activated, according to the mayor of Copenhagen.
Around 7:30 p.m. local time (5:30 p.m. GMT), the area around the shopping center was blocked off with a large security perimeter, subway traffic was cut off and a helicopter was flying over the area, according to an AFP journalist in the Heavily armed policemen are preventing residents from returning to their homes at this time. p.m. For its part, the Royal House has suspended an act that was planned for tonight.
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.
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