At least three people were wounded early Sunday morning in a shooting attack at the Great Synagogue in central Copenhagen, Denmark, according to multiple media reports.
One person was shot in the head and two policemen were shot in the arm and leg in the attack, according to the reports. Officials say it is unclear if the attack is connected to an earlier deadly assault on a Cafe in the city.
The gunman fled the scene on foot, and a manhunt is underway, The Times of Israel reported.
“We cannot say anything about the condition of the injured yet,” Copenhagen police said.
Sky News cameraman Pete Milnes, who was near the scene of the attack, said: “There was a succession of about six or seven gunshots.
“Within a minute or so, armed police were on the scene, a helicopter was hovering overhead. I witnessed police apprehend an individual who was handcuffed and later released.
“There was 20 to 30 armed police officers with semi-automatic rifles shouting at locals to stay indoors and close windows.”
A photo published on Twitter purported to show a wounded policeman and another person lying injured, Sky News reported.
Danish television station TV2 said a large metro and train station nearby, Norreport, was being evacuated, Reuters reported.
In a WhatsApp post, Rabbi Yitzi Loewenthal, the Chabad representative in Copenhagen, said he was at the synagogue just minutes before the attack and that his own center is now under lock-down.
“BH we are all fine. I was at the shul 30 minutes before it happened,” Loewenthal wrote. “Chabad house (where we also live) is in full lockdown. Police with machine guns have now closed the chabad house street at both ends. Helicopters and sirens all around. Barricaded all doors.”
A former member of the Copenhagen Jewish community, now living in the US, told The Algemeiner that “the Jews in Denmark, who mainly live in Copenhagen, feel like most European Jews — it’s safe as long as you stay stealth. Don’t wear anything ‘Jewish’, don’t talk about Israel or anything Jewish in public, and you’ll be safe.”
The source, who did not wish to be named, added that “increasing Muslim immigration combined with increasing radicalization amongst a minority of this Muslim immigrant group has caused some trouble for the Jews in the past 10-20 years.”