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One person arrested as police deployed around the large Field’s mall between the city center and the airport.
Danish police said several people have been hit by gunshots at a shopping mall in the capital Copenhagen and one person has been arrested.
Police reinforcements have been deployed around the large Field’s mall between the city center and the airport, Copenhagen police wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
“We’re on the scene, shots were fired and several people have been hit,” they said.
Local media published images showing heavily armed police officers at the scene, as well as people running out of the mall.
The police did not provide further information about the arrest, or say how many had been injured. They advised people inside the mall to stay put and await police assistance.
Copenhagen Mayor Sophie H. Andersen tweeted: “Terrible reports of shooting in Fields. We do not yet know for sure how many were injured or dead, but it is very serious. ”
Witnesses quoted by Danish media said they saw more than 100 people rush towards the mall’s exit when the first shots were heard.
Laurits Hermansen told Danish broadcaster DR that he was in a clothing store at the shopping center with his family when he heard “three-four bangs. Really loud bangs. It sounded like the shots were being fired just next to the store ”.
Al Jazeera’s Nadeem Baba, reporting from London, said: “This will be a huge shock for people in Denmark… it was a very peaceful Sunday afternoon.”
The shopping center is on the outskirts of Copenhagen, just across from a subway line that connects the city center with the international airport. A major highway also runs adjacent to Fields.
At approximately 7:30 pm (17:30 GMT), roads around the mall were blocked, the subway was stopped and a helicopter was flying above, AFP news agency reported.
Heavily armed police officer prevented onlookers from approaching and locals from returning to their homes.
British singer Harry Styles was due to perform later in the evening, at 8pm (18:00 GMT), at a concert venue less than a mile (1.6km) from the mall.
The concert will go ahead as scheduled after close dialogue with the police, and half of the audience has already entered the venue, the concert promoter Live Nation said in an emailed comment to Reuters news agency.
On Snapchat, Styles wrote “My team and I pray for everyone involved in the Copenhagen shopping mall shooting. I am shocked. Love H. ”
Shortly after the shooting, the royal palace said a reception with Crown Prince Frederik connected to the Tour de France cycling race had been canceled. The first three stages of the race were held in Denmark this year, the palace said in a statement.
The reception was due to be held on the royal yacht that is moored in Soenderborg, the town where the third stage ended.
The shooting comes just over a week after a gunman opened fire outside a gay bar in Oslo in neighboring Norway, killing two people and wounding 21 others.