Reports of gun shots inside a shopping mall in Copenhagen Denmark
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Reports of gun shots inside a shopping mall in Copenhagen Denmark

Danish police said several people had been hit by gunshots and one person had been arrested at a shopping centre in the capital Copenhagen on Sunday.

Local media published images showing heavily armed police officers at the scene, as well as people running out of the mall.

Copenhagen police tweeted that officers had been sent to the Field’s mall after reports of a shooting, and asked people to send footage and other relevant details from the scene.

The police did not provide further information about the arrest, or say how many had been injured. They advised people inside the centre to stay put and await police assistance, and asked other people to stay away from the area.

Witnesses describe ‘loud bangs’

Danish newspaper Berlingske spoke to an eyewitness at the mall, who said shoppers rushed to leave the mall when the shooting began.

“It was crazy,” said store worker Chelobeth Johansen. She said she heard several shots and could see people had started running before she shut the store and left the mall herself.

Shopper Laurits Hermansen told DR that he was in a clothing store 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.”

The shooting took place just hours before pop star Harry Styles was to play a sold-out concert at the Royal Arena, which is just a short drive from the mall.

What we know so far

A tweet from Copenhagen police said several people were hit by gunshots during the incident at the Fields shopping center, which is located close to the airport.

“Police reinforcements have been deployed around the large Field’s mall…,” police wrote. “We’re on the scene, shots were fired and several people have been hit,” they said.

It was initially unclear whether there had been any casualties or fatalities.