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Copenhagen shooting – Three dead and three critics after gun maniac, 22, blasts shoppers in mall near Harry Styles concert

THREE people were shot dead in a Copenhagen shopping center yesterday – just hours before Harry Styles performed nearby.

Three other victims were in critical condition last night after a maniac gunman opened fire on the capital’s Field’s shopping mall.

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Armed cops arrested a 22-year-old suspect after the horrific attackCredit: Twitter
Heartbreaking footage shows the gunman pacing the mall with a gun behind his head

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Heartbreaking footage shows the gunman pacing the mall with a gun behind his head
Shoppers grabbed loved ones in emotional scenes as cops cordoned off the area

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Shoppers grabbed loved ones in emotional scenes as cops cordoned off the areaCredit: EPA
Terrified shoppers ran to safety after the gunman opened fire at Field's shopping center in Copenhagen this afternoon

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Terrified shoppers ran to safety after the gunman opened fire at Field’s shopping center in Copenhagen this afternoonCredit: Reuters
Worried families were seen in tears outside the venue in the late afternoon

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Worried families were seen in tears outside the venue in the late afternoonCredit: AFP
Armed police could be seen in the mall as the crowd was evacuated

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Armed police could be seen in the mall as the crowd was evacuatedCredit: AFP

Emergency services were rushed into the horror rampage shortly after 5.30pm, with Danish cops later confirming three were dead.

Copenhagen Police Inspector Soren Thomassen said last night the victims were a man in his 40s and two youngsters.

He then confirmed that a 22-year-old Dane had been charged with manslaughter.

Mr Thomassen said earlier the man’s motive was unclear but could not rule out “an act of terrorism”.

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He added that the suspect will be questioned by a judge today.

Haunting footage from before his arrest shows the gunman carrying a huge rifle over his shoulder as he paces around the mall.

A brave bystander films from about 100 yards away as the man, dressed in shorts and a vest, appears to wait for his victims.

It is not yet known how many people were injured at the scene, a few hundred meters from the Royal Arena – where Harry Styles’ concert was canceled at the last minute.

The Watermelon Sugar singer was forced to cancel the concert at Eleventh Post after security concerns from the police.

He said earlier that he was “praying for everyone involved”.

Danish cops wrote on Twitter on Sunday afternoon: “We are still present, shots were fired and several people were hit.

“We are working on the spot. The people of the Champs must stay and wait for the police.

“All other people should stay away from Fields.”

Witnesses described hearing several gunshots shortly before the “chaos” erupted.

Mums were seen clutching babies as terrified shoppers fled the horror scenes.

A bystander, Mahdi Al-Wazni, reported seeing the shooter with a “shotgun” 200 yards away.

They told TV 2 News: “He had a light face. He was wearing hunting or military clothes with a cap.”

Someone else recounted how Danish police fired warning shots and yelled at a man to ‘drop the gun’.

They told Ekstra Bladet: “We heard them shout ‘drop the gun’ and fired a few warning shots, then we continued on our way.

“We immediately exited the garage and turned right towards Kastrup Airport, where we saw three to four police officers yelling at a man with a gun in his hand.”

Emilie Jeppesen, 20, told Denmark’s Jyllands Posten: “You didn’t know what was going on. Suddenly there was chaos everywhere.

We immediately exited the garage and turned right towards Kastrup Airport, where we saw three to four police officers yelling at a man with a gun in his hand.

Eye-witness

“We were sitting down and going to eat and suddenly we could see people running.

“So we first thought ‘why are people running?’ But then we heard gunshots.”

Her friend Astrid Kofoed Jørgensen, added: “Everyone in the restaurant was led into the kitchen, then when we sat down there we could hear three or four knocks.”

Another witness, Jacob Sahin Ekman, told the publication he thought he heard “about 15 gunshots”.

The 27-year-old said he was about to eat with a friend when the shooting started.

He added: “He came out to talk on the phone, and all of a sudden he sprinted down Dalle Valle and said, ‘Lay down, lay down. Someone shoots.

“Then I went under the bar and lay down.

“Everything was very unreal like a movie.”

My team and I are praying for everyone involved in the Copenhagen Mall shooting.

Harry Styles

It has emerged since the shooter posted videos of himself with the rifle on YouTube last week, Jyllands-Posten reports.

The clips, which have since been taken down, were reportedly uploaded under the caption: “I don’t care”.

One of the clips referenced the drug Quetiapine – used to treat psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar depression and mania.

He reportedly said the medicine wasn’t working.

Police last night urged anyone who was at Field’s home to contact their loved ones.

Meanwhile, Harry Styles said in a statement: “My team and I are praying for everyone involved in the shooting in the Copenhagen mall.

“I’m in shock. Dearest, H.”

Many fans had already abandoned their intention to attend his concert for fear of safety.

A fan wrote on Twitter: So there was a shooting near Harry’s concert in Copenhagen which I was supposed to attend but I’m on my way home now.

“My friend and I are fine, but a lot of Harries are leaving the gig out of worry now.”

Harry, who performed in London last week, is on a world tour.

He is then due to perform in Paris on Tuesday.

Field’s is Denmark’s largest shopping center with over 140 shops and restaurants.

A brave onlooker filmed the shooter, dressed in a vest and shorts, from inside the mall

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A brave onlooker filmed the shooter, dressed in a vest and shorts, from inside the mall
Paramedics were rushed to the scene as cops confirmed a number of people had been hit by the gunfire

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Paramedics were rushed to the scene as cops confirmed a number of people had been hit by the gunfireCredit: AFP
Buyers ran to hide in the terrifying scenes

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Buyers ran to hide in the terrifying scenesCredit: EPA
Many were seen huddled together as they desperately called out to loved ones

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Many were seen huddled together as they desperately called out to loved onesCredit: EPA
The mall is only a few hundred yards from where Harry Styles is performing tonight

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The mall is only a few hundred yards from where Harry Styles is performing tonightCredit: Reuters
Mums were seen cradling their babies in fear as the horror unfolded

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Mums were seen cradling their babies in fear as the horror unfoldedCredit: Reuters
Crowds were cleared outside the mall this evening

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Crowds were cleared outside the mall this eveningCredit: AP
Doctors prepared stretchers for the injured as the horror unfolded

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Doctors prepared stretchers for the injured as the horror unfoldedCredit: EPA
Fire crews holding stretchers rushed to the scene as armed cops burst in

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Fire crews holding stretchers rushed to the scene as armed cops burst inCredit: EPA
Police have yet to confirm the number of people injured.

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Police have yet to confirm the number of people injured.Credit: Reuters
Harry Styles was scheduled to perform in Copenhagen tonight

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Harry Styles was scheduled to perform in Copenhagen tonight1 credit
Shoppers rushed out of the center, with witnesses reporting hearing up to

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Shoppers rushed out of the centre, with witnesses reporting hearing up to ’15 gunshots’Credit: AFP
Worried shoppers gathered outside the mall this afternoon

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Worried shoppers gathered outside the mall this afternoonCredit: EPA