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Tour de France offers "sympathy and compassion" as three killed in Copenhagen shooting two days after Grand Depart

Three people have been killed and four are in a critical but stable condition in the shooting at a shopping centre in the Danish capital

The Tour de France has sent a message of solidarity, sympathy and compassion to the Danish people after police in Copenhagen said that three people have been killed in a shooting at a shopping centre, two days after the Grand Depart lit up the city.

The Tour's official Twitter account posted a message of support, which read: "The Tour de France assures the Danish people of its sympathy and compassion in this time. The Tour is extremely shocked and saddened to hear of what happened in Copenhagen.

"The people of Copenhagen had given the peloton one of the greatest welcomes in the sport's history, forging deep bonds with all its followers. The entire caravan of the Tour de France sends its sincerest condolences to the victims and their families."

Danish police have confirmed several people have been killed in the incident and, according to the police chief, a 22-year-old has been arrested in connection with the attack.

According to eyewitness accounts, there was panic in the Field's shopping centre in the south of the city as gunshots were heard.

One witness told Jyllands-Posten newspaper: "You didn't know what was happening. Suddenly there was just chaos everywhere."

Speaking at a press conference this evening, police chief Soeren Thomassen said it is not yet clear how many people have been killed but there is no indication other shooters are involved.

Earlier today the Tour de France finished its three-day stay in Denmark, a weekend characterised by huge crowds and national pride.

As the shocking news broke, teams added to the race's message of support...

Dan is the news editor and has spent the past four years writing stories and features, as well as (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. Having previously written about nearly every other sport under the sun for the Express, and the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for the Non-League Paper, Dan joined in 2020. Come the weekend you'll find him labouring up a hill, probably with a mouth full of jelly babies, or making a bonk-induced trip to a south of England petrol station... in search of more jelly babies.

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