Three dead in Copenhagen shooting, suspect arrested

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Three dead in one shooting in Copenhagen, a suspect arrested

The death toll from the shooting has risen to three dead and three seriously injured.

Three people were killed and three others were seriously injured in a shooting on Sunday at a major shopping mall in Copenhagen. One person has been arrested in connection with the incident, according to police.

According to police chief Soren Thomassen, a man in his 40s and two younger individuals were perished by the gunman's bullets.

The suspect was described as a 22-year-old ethnic Dane.

The young man was arrested shortly after the police arrived. According to witnesses, he was armed with an imposing rifle.

Mr. Thomassen said it was too early to speculate on the shooter's motives. would act out of a racist motive or some other form of motive, but I can't say we have anything to support that at this time, the head of the investigation clarified.

Police have, however, confirmed they are investigating videos posted online of the suspect pointing the barrel of a gun at his temple, footage that raises questions about his psychiatric condition.

Witnesses said the suspect tried to trick victims, such as claiming his gun was fake in order to entice them to get closer.

Several people fled the mall after hearing the gunshots.

He seemed very violent and angry, Mahdi Al-Wazni told TV2. He spoke to me and told me that [the gun] wasn't real, because I was filming it. He seemed very proud of what he was doing.

The suspect will be questioned by a judge on Monday morning.

The Prime Minister Danish Mette Frederiksen said her country had been hit by a cruel attack.

It is incomprehensible. Heartbreaking. No need, she said. Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen

The shots were fired in the late afternoon inside the Fields shopping center, the largest in the country, located between the city center and the airport of the capital .

When the first shots rang out, more than a hundred people rushed outside the mall, according to witnesses quoted by Danish media.

Others were forced to hide inside.

Suddenly we heard gunshots, I heard ten shots and we ran as fast as we could to take refuge in the toilet, a woman explained to the DR television channel.

Police reinforcements were dispatched to the surroundings of this vast shopping mall. Footage from the scene showed paramedics carrying a casualty on a stretcher and mothers comforting their children in their arms.

Two crying women embrace at the exterior of Fields shopping mall, Copenhagen.

It's pure terror. It's awful, said Hans Christian Stoltz, a 53-year-old computer consultant. One wonders how a person can do this to other human beings.

Authorities have urged those potentially in the building to wait inside for help and all others to stay away from the area.

Roads around the mall were blocked in a large security perimeter and subway traffic was halted.

Many of the mall's visitors were scheduled to head to a nearby venue later that evening for a concert by British star Harry Styles, but the show was cancelled.

Shortly afterwards the shootings, the royal palace said a reception with Crown Prince Frederik linked to the Tour de France would not take place. The first three stages of the cycle race were held in Denmark this year. The reception was to take place on the royal yacht moored in Sønderborg, the town where stage three ended.

The Tour de France management expressed its compassion to all the Danish people after the shooting.

The Tour is particularly shocked and saddened by the tragedy that has just struck Copenhagen, the organizing company ASO said at the start of the evening.

The last attack in Copenhagen dates back to February 14 and 15, 2015, when a series of Islamist-motivated shootings left two people dead and five injured.

With information from Agence  France-Presse, and Reuters

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