A gunman killed three people and injured several others during a shooting at a Copenhagen shopping mall on Sunday, according to Danish police.
Søren Thomassen, a chief inspector with the Copenhagen police, said a 22-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the shooting at the Field’s shopping centre on the outskirts of the capital.
Thomassen said three people were killed, a man in his 40s and a “young” man and woman, and several more were injured, including three in critical condition. The police could not rule out a terrorist motive, he said, adding that it was too soon to determine a possible motive.
Police launched a manhunt across Copenhagen and the surrounding Zealand region although there was no evidence that the assailant had acted with accomplices, Thomassen said.
“It is a massive operation that is going on,” he told a press conference.
Eyewitnesses told local media that a man, described by Thomassen as an “ethnic Dane”, armed with a shotgun began firing inside the shopping mall at about 5.30pm local time, hitting several people. He was apprehended by police soon thereafter.
The mall is located on Amager island, south-east of the city centre. The attack took place close to an arena where pop singer Harry Styles had been scheduled to hold a concert on Sunday night. The concert was cancelled.
Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen said the country had been hit by a “cruel attack”.
“Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second,” she said. “I want to encourage Danes to stand together and support each other in this difficult time.”
The suspected shooter has been charged with manslaughter, according to law enforcement, and will be brought before a judge on Monday.
The attack coincided with the end of three days that marked the start of the Tour de France cycling race across Denmark, the biggest sporting event held in the country in recent times.
On Friday, the opening stage of the 2022 Tour drew tens of thousands of people to line the route in central Copenhagen for a time-trial event. Two more days of racing across the Danish countryside attracted huge crowds.