Two people were k!lled and more than a dozen injured early Saturday in a mass sh0oting in Norway’s capital, Oslo, police said, as the city was gearing up for an annual Pride parade.
Oslo Shooting: Public broadcaster NRK and other local media reported that the sho0ting had taken place at the London Pub, a popular gay bar and nightclub in the centre of the city.
The shooting happened outside a downtown Oslo bar that is popular among the city’s LGBTQ community, witnesses and local media said.
A suspect was arrested and police don’t believe any other people were involved, police spokesman Tore Barstad said.
Barstad said the motive was not immediately known and it wasn’t clear whether the shooting had any connection to the Pride parade that was to be held Saturday in Oslo.
“Police are in contact with the organizers of the Pride event this Saturday. There will be a continuous assessment of what measures police should take to protect that event and whether this incident has a connection to Pride at all,” Barstad told reporters.
He said 14 people were receiving medical treatment, eight of whom have been hospitalized.
Mr. Barstad said about 40 people had witnessed the sho0ting and that there appeared to have been only one gunman. He declined to say what type of weap0n had been used.
The timing and the location of the attack raised concern that it may have been intended to target the L.G.B.T.Q. community in Norway, where gay couples have had the right to marry and have children since 2009.
The London Pub is a popular gay bar and nightclub in the centre of Oslo.
“I saw a man arrive with a bag, he picked up a gun and started to shoot,” journalist Olav Roenneberg of public broadcaster NRK reported.
The attack was a “terrible and deeply shocking attack on innocent people,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said in a statement to Norwegian news agency NTB.
“We don’t know yet know what is behind this terrible act, but to the queer people who are afraid and in mourning, I want to say that we stand together with you.”
Two people were confirmed de@d and some 14 people were taken to hospital, several with severe injuries, police said.
Helicopters hovered above central Oslo while ambulance and police car sirens were heard across the city.
Oslo’s university hospital said it had gone on red alert following the sh0oting.
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