Two people were killed and 14 injured in a shooting at a nightclub and surrounding streets in the Norwegian capital Oslo on Saturday.
Police told reporters that a suspect, believed to be the sole criminal, had been arrested.
Police spokesman Torrey Burstad told the newspaper Aftenposten that the crime scene stretched from a London pub through a neighboring club to a nearby street where the suspect was apprehended minutes after the shooting began.
The London Pub is a popular gay bar and nightclub in the center of Oslo.
Pride Parade to be held on Saturday
Burstedt said the motive was not immediately known and it was not clear whether the shooting had anything to do with Saturday’s Pride parade in Oslo.
“Police are in contact with the organizers of the Pride event this Saturday. There will be an ongoing assessment of what measures police should take to protect the event and whether the incident has anything to do with Pride,” Burstad told reporters. “
Olav Röneberg, a journalist for Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, said he witnessed the shooting.
“I saw a man coming to the site with a bag. He picked up a weapon and started shooting,” Ronneberg told NRK. “At first I thought it was an air gun. Then the side bar glass broke and I knew I had to run for cover.”
hospital on red alert
Around 14 people were taken to hospital, many of whom were seriously injured, police said.
Photos published by the newspaper VG, broadcaster NRK and others showed a large crowd of emergency responders, including police and ambulance personnel, outside the pub.
Helicopters hovered over central Oslo, while ambulances and police car sirens were heard across the city.
Oslo University Hospital said it was on red alert after the shooting.
Norway experienced one of the deadliest mass shootings in Europe in 2011, when a right-wing extremist killed 69 people on the island of Utoya after setting a bomb in Oslo, killing eight.