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COPENHAGEN – Several people were killed and injured in a shooting at a shopping center in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, and one suspect was arrested, said Copenhagen Chief Police Inspector Soren Thomassen at a press conference on Sunday evening.

It was at around 17:30 local time that the police received reports of shootings at the Field's shopping center in the Amager area of southern Copenhagen, Thomassen said.

The chief inspector said: "Several people were killed and injured in the shooting, and a 22-year-old Dane was arrested outside the shopping mall shortly after police arrived." But he did not give a specific number of people killed.

Thomassen also said the police cannot rule out the possibility of a terror attack so far.

The police have launched a massive manhunt operation in the whole Zealand region, the southernmost administrative region of Denmark.

"There is a massive operation going on. It is not only in Copenhagen, it is the whole of Zealand. We are also in dialogue with the police across the country," Thomassen said.

Meanwhile, the municipality of Copenhagen activated its emergency response after the incident.

"The crisis response team in the Copenhagen municipality has been called in. We are ready to help if the Copenhagen Police requests it," said Sophie Haestorp Andersen, Mayor of Copenhagen. (Xinhua)