Several people were injured and killed in the attack in Copenhagen, according to police
Large police forces have been deployed to the Danish capital, Copenhagen and the entire island of Zealand in the wake of a shooting attack in which a gunman opened fire at a Copenhagen shopping mall on Sunday, police say. The suspect has been detained but officers are not sure if he acted alone.
Several people were killed in the shooting, police spokesman Soren Thomassen confirmed on Sunday at a press conference, adding that others were injured in the incident. He did not provide exact numbers. Officers are still securing the scene and taking CCTV camera footage from the mall, local media reported.
Copenhagen Mayor Sophie Andersen called the situation "very serious" in a Twitter post, but said she did not have any information on the exact number of casualties. According to Danish broadcaster DR, at least three people were sent to the hospital following the attack.
The suspect, who was arrested just outside of the mall, has been identified as an "ethnic Dane," 22. Police did not reveal his name and did not comment on the weapon he used. Videos published on social media show people desperately fleeing the Field's Shopping Center, located near the city airport. One clip also shows a man dressed in black, who appeared to be carrying what looks like a long rifle. RT could not independently verify the authenticity of the video.
Police have been deployed to the scene and throughout Copenhagen, as well as several other locations across Zealand, Thomassen said, adding that a large-scale manhunt is underway. He also called on witnesses and people who see anything suspicious to contact the police.
"This is a massive operation. And it's not just in Copenhagen, it's all of Zealand," the police spokesman said. "We must be absolutely sure that we are in control of this situation. And until we are safe, we will act at the highest operational level."
The motives for the attack are still unclear, according to police. "We are investigating this as an incident in which we cannot rule out terrorism," Thomassen said.
The police did not say if the suspect was previously known to law enforcement.
The attack took place around one week after a gunman opened fire outside of a gay bar in Oslo in neighboring Norway. The police said they were treating the incident as an act of terrorism, and raised the nationwide terrorist threat to 'extraordinary' following the incident.