Field’s, one of Denmark’s biggest shopping malls witnessed horrific scenes as a gunman opened fire and killed three people and critically wounded three besides injuring several. The multi-story mall with more than 140 shops and restaurants, is located on the outskirts of Copenhagen, across from a subway line that connects to the city center.
A 22-year-old man, the suspect is an “Ethnic Dane” as reported by the police is arrested. The man was in possession of a rifle and ammunition when he was arrested, police said.
Eyewitnesses recounting a terrible experience said having heard around 10 shots.”It’s really scary” one of them said.
Police chief Soeren Thomassen informed that the motive was unclear and an “act of terrorism” can not be ruled out.
Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen was quick to denounce the attack saying Denmark had suffered a cruel attack. “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second,” she said.
Denmark’s royal family also expressed their “deepest sympathy” to “the victims, their relatives, and all those who are affected by the tragedy”. They also announced the cancellation of the reception due to be hosted by Crown Prince Frederik to celebrate Denmark hosting the first three stages of the Tour de France.
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin condemned and Norwegian leader Jonas Gahr Store also expressed their condolences to the dead, sympathies for the victims, and solidarity with the people of Denmark.
Last major terror incident in Denmark was in 2015, when two people were killed and six police officers were injured during an attack on a cultural centre and a synagogue in Copenhagen.