March of the shooting in Copenhagen in the joyous Danish Grand Départ

Two days after a joyous Tour de France Grand Start began in Copenhagen, the Danish capital was rocked by a shooting at a major shopping mall that left several people dead and several injured.

Authorities responded to Field’s shopping mall, one of Scandinavia’s largest shopping malls, on the outskirts of Copenhagen, after receiving reports of a shooting. A 22-year-old Dane was arrested and Copenhagen Police Chief Inspector Søren Thomassen said there was no indication of more than one shooter. Terrorism as a motive cannot be ruled out, he said.

The Field Mall is about a kilometer from the Tour de France headquarters and press center, which during the Tour’s stay in Copenhagen was located in the Bella Center exhibition building.

A statement from Tour de France organizers expressed “sympathy and compassion”, saying “The Tour is extremely shocked and saddened to hear what happened in Copenhagen. The people of Copenhagen had given the peloton one of the biggest welcomes in the history of the sport, forging deep bonds with all of their fans.”

The Tour de France has progressed south from Copenhagen since the opening time trial, with stage three ending in the port city of Sønderborg, close to the German border. After the end of the stage, the riders flew to France, while the Tour’s many cars, buses and caravans will drive 900km to Calais for a rest on Monday.

The Danish royal palace said it had canceled a Tour de France reception celebrating the race’s visit to Denmark. He was to be presented by Crown Prince Frederik on the royal yacht in Sønderborg.

CyclingTips extends its condolences to all those affected by the tragedy in Copenhagen.

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