On Saturday, two people were murdered and 14 others were injured in a shooting in a nightclub and neighbouring streets in Oslo, the capital of Norway, according to police.
According to authorities, a suspect thought to be the single culprit has been detained. NRK said that the suspect was known to authorities and was refusing to cooperate with police.
Aftenposten was told by police spokesman Tore Barstad that the crime scene spread from the London Pub to a nearby club and then to an adjacent street, where the suspect was caught a few minutes after the shooting began early Saturday morning.
The London Pub is a well-known homosexual bar and nightclub located in the heart of Oslo.
“I saw a man approach with a backpack, then he pulled out a gun and began firing,” NRK journalist Olav Roenneberg recounted.
It was initially unclear what the motivation behind the attack was.
On Saturday evening, Oslo will stage its annual Pride parade, only months after Norway celebrated the 50th anniversary of the repeal of a legislation that criminalised homosexuality.
Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere told the Norwegian news agency NTB that the attack was a “awful and truly frightening attack on innocent people.”
“We do not yet know who is responsible for this heinous act, but I want to assure the fearful and grieving LGBTQ community that we stand with you.”
Approximately 14 people were transported to a hospital, with several sustaining severe injuries, according to the police.
Photographs published by VG, NRK, and others depicted a significant gathering of emergency responders, including police and ambulance personnel, outside the London Pub.
Helicopters hovered over the heart of Oslo while ambulance and police car sirens could be heard throughout the city.
The university hospital in Oslo issued a red alert after the incident.