2 dead and 10 injured in suspected terrorism-related attack
A filming in a Norwegian nightclub and nearby streets that left two people dead and 10 injured on Saturday night are being investigated as a possible terror attack, Norwegian police said.
A Norwegian citizen opened fire at London Pub, a local LQBTQ+ bar in Oslo, just hours before the start of the Oslo Pride Parade. Police said the suspected shooter, a 42-year-old man from Iran, was arrested after opening fire at three locations.
Barstad said the motive for the shooting was not immediately apparent and it was unclear whether the shooting had anything to do with the Pride Parade, according to The Guardian.
“The police are in contact with the organizers of the Pride event this Saturday,” Barstad said, according to The Guardian. “There will be an ongoing assessment of what steps the police should take to protect this event and whether this incident has a connection to Pride.”
Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre shared his feelings on his Facebook page, calling the attack “a terrible and deeply shocking attack on innocent people”.
The suspect was considered the sole perpetrator of the crime. Two guns were seized, including a handgun and an automatic weapon.
Norwegian journalist Olav Roenneberg recalled witnessing the shooting, saying he saw a man arrive with a bag who then started shooting.
“At first I thought it was an air gun. Then the window of the bar next door was smashed and I realized I had to take cover,” he told Norwegian public broadcaster NRK.
Christian Bredeli was also at the bar when the shooting took place, telling Norwegian newspaper VG he was stuck on the fourth floor with a group of around 10 people until they were given the green light to leave.
“On the way out we saw several injured people, so we understood that something serious had happened,” Bredeli said.
All Pride events for the rest of the day have been canceled by police order.
“Oslo Pride therefore urges anyone who had planned to participate in or watch the parade not to show up. All Oslo Prides related events are cancelled,” organizers wrote on the event’s official Facebook page.
Norway has previously experienced a 2011 murderous mass murderwhere a gunman killed 69 people on Utoya Island after detonating a bomb in Oslo, killing 8 more people.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.