Investigators stated the suspect, recognized as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen initially from Iran, was arrested after opening fireplace at three places in central Oslo.
Whereas the motive was unclear, organisers of Oslo Pleasure cancelled a parade that was set for Saturday because the spotlight of a week-long pageant.
A gunman opened fireplace in Oslo’s night-life district early on Saturday, killing two individuals and leaving 10 severely wounded in what police are investigating as a attainable terrorist assault through the Norwegian capital’s annual Pleasure pageant.
One of many shootings occurred outdoors the London Pub, a bar fashionable with town’s LGBTQ neighborhood, simply hours earlier than the parade was set to start.
Police lawyer Christian Hatlo stated the suspect was being held on suspicion of homicide, tried homicide and terrorism, based mostly on the variety of individuals focused at a number of places.
“Our general evaluation is that there are grounds to imagine that he wished to trigger grave worry within the inhabitants,” Mr Hatlo stated.
Mr Hatlo stated the suspect’s psychological well being was additionally being investigated.
“We have to undergo his medical historical past, if he has any. It’s not one thing that we’re conscious of now,” he stated.
The shootings occurred round 1am native time, sending panicked revellers fleeing into the streets or making an attempt to cover from the gunman.
Olav Roenneberg, a journalist from Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, stated he witnessed the capturing.
“I noticed a person arrive on the website with a bag. He picked up a weapon and began capturing,” Mr Roenneberg informed NRK.
“First I believed it was an air gun. Then the glass of the bar subsequent door was shattered and I understood I needed to run for canopy.”
Police inspector Tore Soldal stated two of the capturing victims died and 10 individuals had been being handled for severe accidents, however none of them was believed to be life-threatening.
Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere stated in a Fb put up that “the capturing outdoors London Pub in Oslo tonight was a merciless and deeply stunning assault on harmless individuals”.
He stated that whereas the motive was unclear, the capturing had induced worry and grief within the LGBTQ neighborhood.