Chilling image shows gunman prowling through Copenhagen shopping mall

Chilling images have emerged of the moment a gunman strolled through a shopping mall in Denmark with a rifle slung over his shoulder before letting loose on innocent bystanders – killing three and leaving three critically hurt.

A man in his 40s and two ‘young people’ are among the dead, police said, while a 22-year-old man – an ethnic Dane – was arrested.Investigators say the man worked alone, and terrorism cannot be ruled out as a motive. 

Police have refused to comment on the gunman’s identity beyond confirming his nationality, ethnicity and age in accordance with Danish privacy laws, but there are suspicions the perpetrator recently posted multiple videos on YouTube entitled ‘I don’t care’ in which he held firearms to his head.

Images which emerged from the scene showed the suspect being led away in cuffs in a white hooded top – though another picture posted on social media revealed a man matching his description sat in the grass, minded by armed police. 

Meanwhile, mobile phone footage from inside the shopping complex seemingly showed the suspect clasping a Scandinavian Target Rifle, a weapon of choice for Nordic sport shooters which also appeared in his YouTube videos. 

There are fears that the killer may be a white supremacist, reported to have supported a Danish far-right, anti-Islam party known as Hard Line.

‘Denmark was hit by a cruel attack on Sunday night.Several were killed. Even more wounded. Innocent families shopping or eating out. Children, adolescents and adults,’ Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said in a statement late on Sunday.

‘Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second,’ she said.’I want to encourage the Danes to stand together and support each other in this difficult time.’

The shooter had killed a man in his forties and two ‘young people’, a man and a woman, Thomassen said. Several more were wounded, and among those were three in critical condition. 

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.’ 

Shortly after the shooting the organiser announced the concert would ‘proceed as planned,’ but later declared its cancellation, following criticism. 

Chilling images show the moment the gunman strolled through the shopping mall with a rifle slung over his shoulder before unloading on innocent bystanders

Police have refused to comment on the gunman’s identity beyond confirming his nationality, ethnicity and age, but there are suspicions the perpetrator recently posted multiple videos on YouTube entitled ‘I don’t care’ in which he held firearms to his head

A 22-year-old Danish man was arrested in connection with the shooting by armed officers near Field’s shopping centre, said police inspector slot online Soren Thomassen

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

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

This clip posted on social media appears to show the gunman taking aim as he walked down a flight of stairs outside the mall

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

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

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. 

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. 

Police also asked witnesses to get in touch with them and called on those who had been visiting the shopping mall to contact loved ones to reassure them.

The capital’s main hospital, Rigshospitalet, had received a ‘small group of patients’ for treatment, a spokesperson said, and had called in extra doctors and nurses.

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

Armed police escort a detained person near the Field’s shopping centre during evacuation, in Oerstad, Copenhagen, Denmark, 03 July 2022

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

Danish tabloid BT published unverified video footage it said was shot by a witness to the attack, Mahdi Al-wazni, showing a man with a large rifle walking through the mall and swinging it around his shoulders.

‘He seemed very aggressive and shouted different things,’ Al-wazni told BT. 

A bystander named Isabella told public broadcaster DR: ‘All of a sudden we heard gunshots, I heard 10 shots, and we ran as far as we could to take refuge in the toilet.’ 

She said she had hidden in the mall for two hours.

Other witnesses described the gunman as a man around 1.8 metres tall carrying a hunting rifle.

At around 7:30pm (5:30pm BST), roads around the mall were blocked, the subway was stopped and a helicopter was flying above, said an AFP correspondent at the scene.

Heavily armed police officer kept onlookers back prevented locals from returning to their homes.

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

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.’ 

Fans preparing to visit the nearby Royal Arena for Styles’ concert also told of their disbelief and horror at the attack.

Hans Christian Stoltz, 53, who was taking his daughters to the concert said: ‘My oldest daughter who is 18, she is barely holding it together. 

‘My other daughter, she got in the stampede that started when the perpetrator fired shots everywhere.Apparently, she got cut in several places as well from the people and falling over chairs. Awful.’

Stoltz’ daughter Cassandra, 18, said: ‘We didn’t know what to do, so we ran. People were guiding us towards the exit sign and we ran up to the roof and we were stuck there for a while and people were panicking all over the place and people were crying.’

Members of the emergency services bring stretchers at the scene of the Field’s shopping centre in Copenhagen

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

Police and emergency services at the Field’s shopping centre after a shooting, in Copenhagen, Denmark, Sunday, July 3, 2022

Gunfire in a Copenhagen mall left several victims on Sunday, Danish police said.Civilians are pictured having been evacuated from the shopping centre

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

The shopping centre is on the outskirts of Copenhagen just across from a subway line that connects the city centre 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. 

A reception was due to be held on the royal yacht that is moored in Soenderborg, the town where the third stage ended. 

The attack occurred two days after this year’s Tour de France took off from Copenhagen, and the Tour organisers released a statement expressing their sympathy.

‘The entire caravan of the Tour de France sends its sincerest condolences to the victims and their families,’ it said.

Today’s shooting comes just one week after a suspected terrorist opened fire at a gay bar in Denmark’s Nordic neighbour, Norway.

The man, whom authorities described as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran, was arrested shortly after the shooting in Oslo’s nightlife district last weekend. 

Matapour, filmed by a nearby eyewitness in footage posted to Snapchat, has been charged

Zaniar Matapour, 42, has been charged with terrorism, murder and attempted murder

He is being held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and terrorism.

Two people were killed and more than 20 were injured in what the Norwegian security service called an ‘Islamist terror act’.

Oslo police said they tried to question the suspect on Saturday and again on Sunday without success.Norwegian media identified him as Zaniar Matapour.

Matapour was born in Iranian Kurdistan before coming to Bergen as a 12-year-old.

His first mental health diagnosis was made in the 1990s, with his listed conditions including paranoid schizophrenia, PTSD and ‘delusions’.

His defence lawyer, John Christian Elden, said his client refused to have his statement recorded and videotaped unless police released the entire recording to the public ‘with no time delay so it won’t be censored or manipulated’.

Mr Elden said previously said his client did not deny being the gunman but had not divulged any motive.

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