Police arrest a person, believed to be the suspect, at the scene of the Fields shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 3, 2022 following a shooting
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Several people have been killed in a shooting at a packed shopping centre in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, according to police. 

A 22-year-old Danish man was arrested in connection with the shooting by armed officers near Field’s shopping centre, said police inspector Soren Thomassen, head of the Copenhagen police operations unit.

‘We know that there are several dead’ and ‘several injured,’ Thomassen told a news conference, adding that terror can’t be ruled out.

‘We do not have information that others are involved. This is what we know now,’ he said, refusing to say exactly how many were believed to be dead or hurt.

Images which emerged from the scene appeared to be the suspect being led away by armed police in cuffs while wearing a white hooded top. 

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.’ 

British singer Harry Styles was due to perform at 8pm local team (6pm BST) at the Royal Arena, a concert venue just 500 yards away from the scene of the shooting. 

The popstar and former One Direction bandmember posted on social media: ‘My team and I pray for everyone involved in the Copenhagen shopping mall shooting. I am shocked. Love H.’ 

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

Meanwhile, shocking mobile phone footage posted on social media appeared to show the moment shots rang out, sending people sprinting for the exits as screams were heard. 

Police arrest a person, believed to be the suspect, at the scene of the Fields shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 3, 2022 following a shooting

Police arrest a person, believed to be the suspect, at the scene of the Fields shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 3, 2022 following a shooting

People embrace as police evacuate of the Fields shopping centre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 3, 2022

People embrace as police evacuate of the Fields shopping centre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 3, 2022

Emergency services haul what appear to be dead bodies out of the shopping centre on stretchers after the suspected shooter was detained by armed police

Emergency services haul what appear to be dead bodies out of the shopping centre on stretchers after the suspected shooter was detained by armed police

Emergency personnel arrive at Fields shopping centre following a shooting and erect covers to shield the scene of the massacre

Emergency personnel arrive at Fields shopping centre following a shooting and erect covers to shield the scene of the massacre

A woman flees the Field's shopping centre during evacuation by armed police, in Oerstad, Copenhagen, Denmark, 03 July 2022, amid gunfire

A woman flees the Field’s shopping centre during evacuation by armed police, in Oerstad, Copenhagen, Denmark, 03 July 2022, amid gunfire

Crying civilians are seen running from the scene of a shooting which has left several injured according to Danish police

Crying civilians are seen running from the scene of a shooting which has left several injured according to Danish police

Danish police say multiple people were hit by gunfire (worried civilians pictured after being evacuated)

Danish police say multiple people were hit by gunfire (worried civilians pictured after being evacuated)

Armed police officers arrive on the scene in Copenhagen as emergency crews load injured civilians into the back of ambulances

Armed police officers arrive on the scene in Copenhagen as emergency crews load injured civilians into the back of ambulances

Footage shared on social media showed people inside the mall desperately trying to get away with gunfire heard in the background

Footage shared on social media showed people inside the mall desperately trying to get away with gunfire heard in the background 

Danish broadcaster TV2 published images of a man being loaded onto a stretcher by emergency services outside the shopping centre, while eyewitnesses said people were crying in shock.

Other civilians said shoppers attempted to hide in shops to avoid being caught in the gunfire. 

One shopper told Danish broadcaster DR that he was in a clothing store with his family when he heard ‘three to four bangs. Really loud bangs. It sounded like the shots were being fired just next to the store’.

A huge police presence was on hand, with several fire department vehicles and ambulances parked outside the shopping centre along with police vans. 

Police reinforcements were deployed around the perimeter of the retail complex, advising people inside the mall to stay put and await police assistance in the aftermath of the shooting. 

Copenhagen police earlier wrote on Twitter: ‘We’re on the scene, shots were fired and several people have been hit.’ 

A series of loud bangs were heard, causing people to scream in terror as they fled

A series of loud bangs were heard, causing people to scream in terror as they fled

Social media footage showed the scene outside of the shopping centre in the immediate aftermath of the shooting

Social media footage showed the scene outside of the shopping centre in the immediate aftermath of the shooting

Distressed shoppers react after being evacuated from Field's shopping centre in Copenhagen following a shooting

Distressed shoppers react after being evacuated from Field’s shopping centre in Copenhagen following a shooting

People are seen running during the evacuation of the Field's shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 3, 2022 after Danish media reported a shooting

People are seen running during the evacuation of the Field’s shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 3, 2022 after Danish media reported a shooting

The shopping centre 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 Field’s, which opened in 2004. 

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. 

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