At a information convention early Monday morning, Copenhagen Police Chief Soren Thomassen mentioned the victims embody “a person in his 40s and two younger males.”
A younger Danish man has been arrested in “undramatic style” in reference to the capturing, based on Thomassen, and is at the moment the one suspect.
“We’re satisfied that the arrested 22-year-old suspect was the shooter, was carrying a rifle and ammunition,” he mentioned, including that investigators “consider the suspect was not working with others, however till they’re completely sure that I cannot rule it out.”
Police arrested the suspect 13 minutes after receiving the primary emergency name concerning the capturing, Thomassen mentioned.
Eyewitness Joachim Olsen, a former Danish politician and athlete, advised CNN he was heading to a gymnasium inside Discipline when he noticed giant teams of individuals leaving the mall.
“It appeared like one thing, I am sorry to say, like one thing you’d see at a faculty capturing within the US, individuals strolling out with their arms on their heads,” Olsen mentioned.
“There are individuals operating round on the lookout for associates and calling family and friends who have been inside, some speaking to associates who have been inside,” he mentioned. “Previous males with their arms across the necks of the individuals who carry them, their toes simply being dragged alongside the bottom.”
Exterior the mall, Olsen spoke with a person who spoke to an off-duty paramedic whose arms “have been coated in blood as much as the elbows.”
“He needed to return in, however the police would not let him,” Olsen mentioned.
In keeping with Olsen, safety tried to maneuver the group away from the mall.
“At one level they ran us out. The police got here and mentioned, ‘Run, run, run, they’re nonetheless capturing over there.'”
A spokesman for Rigshospitalet, Denmark’s largest hospital, advised CNN that the hospital had obtained a number of victims and had known as in extra employees to cope with the emergency.
A hotline for victims has been opened and police mentioned they’ve arrange a central location the place eyewitnesses can get assist and report their experiences to regulation enforcement officers.
“Now we have all been brutally ripped from the sensible summer season that had simply begun. It’s incomprehensible. Heartbreaking. Nonsense. Our lovely and often so protected capital metropolis modified in a break up second,” Frederiksen mentioned.
In an announcement, the Royal Home of Denmark mentioned: “Our ideas and deepest condolences exit to the victims, their households and all these affected by the tragedy.”
The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, additionally expressed her solidarity with the individuals of Denmark.
Journalist Susanne Gargiulo reported from Copenhagen.