At least three people were killed and four others were critically wounded in a shooting at a Copenhagen shopping mall this weekend. Police responded to reports of a shooting at the Field’s shopping center in Denmark’s capital just before 5:30 p.m.local time on Sunday.
A boy and girl, both 17-year-old Danish citizens, and a 47-year-old Russian man were killed when a gunman opened fire there, according to Copenhagen chief police inspector Søren Thomassen.
Video footage that emerged on social media platforms following the reports of a shooting in a shopping mall shows heavy police presence and crowds of people in the streets outside the facility.
With the 22-year-old suspect in custody, authorities further noted that the alleged gunman was initially found with a rifle and ammunition in hand, adding that investigators do not have any evidence to suggest there were co-conspirators. The suspect was arrested without incident.
Touching on social media reports speculating on the shooter’s motive, officials underscored that they could not yet confirm whether the act was rooted in racism.
An eyewitness interviewed by a local TV 2 channel said he heard three shots in the shopping center that prompted the customers to run out of the facility.
Footage from the scene emerged online showing a heavy police presence near the mall and the adjacent roads being blocked. Located between the city center and the airport, Field’s opened in 2004 and is Denmark’s second largest shopping center.
Investigators are calling on the public to come forward with any information they may have of the shooting. A second news conference is expected on Monday.
ABC Flash Point News 2022.