COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Three people have been killed and several others injured, three of them in critical condition, after a shooting Sunday at a shopping center in Copenhagen, police said.
A suspect, a 22-year-old Danish man, has been arrested after the shooting at Fields shopping center, police inspector Søren Thomassen said at a news conference.
The names of the deceased victims have not been released. Police have not released the exact number of injured, but said three people were in critical condition at the end of Sunday.
The suspect, whose identity was not released, had a rifle and ammunition when he was arrested. He has no criminal record, Thomassen said.
“We are convinced that the arrested suspect is the gunman at the mall,” he said.
Police have no confirmation or speculation about a motive in the attack.
Copenhagen police received an emergency alert at 5:37 p.m. local time and the suspect was arrested at 5:48 p.m., officials said.
In a tweet at around 6:30 p.m., police said they were “in large numbers” at the… Fields shopping center, where they had received reports of shootings.
About 15 minutes later, police tweeted that “several people” had been shot, urging people to wait for the police and others who were not on the scene to stay away from the mall.
An unverified video on social media appeared to have people running and screaming in the mall as gunshots rang out. Witnesses said people in the mall were crying and hiding in stores while waiting for news.
Police are calling on people who have been to the mall to: contact their relatives†
A large police presence remained in Fields for hours after the shooting and would continue throughout the night.
The mall is near the Royal Arena where Harry Styles used to be scheduled for a concert on Sunday evening† The concert was later canceled at the direction of Danish police, entertainment company Live Nation said.
“I am devastated for the victims, their families and everyone who is in pain,” Styles said in a… tweet† “I’m sorry we couldn’t be together. Please take care of each other.’
In a statement, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen expressed her condolences to the victims of the shooting and called on Danes to stand together.
“Denmark was hit by a vicious attack on Sunday night,” she said. “We have all been brutally snatched from the radiant summer we have just begun. It is incomprehensible. Heartbreaking. Pointless.”