COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A man armed with a bow fired arrows at shoppers in a small Norwegian town Wednesday, killing five people before he was arrested, authorities said.

The police chief in the community of Kongsberg, near the capital of Oslo, said there was “a confrontation” between officers and the assailant, but he did not elaborate. According to police, two more people sustained injuries and were taken to hospital for intensive care. The officer was not on duty but was inside the shop at the time of the attack.

“The man who carried out the act has been arrested by the police, and there is no active search for more people. Based on the information we have, there is one person behind this,” Police Chief Oeyving Aas said.

Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg described the attack as “gruesome” and said it was too early to speculate on a motive. The prime minister-designate, Jonas Gahr Stoere, who is expected to take office Thursday, called the assault “a cruel and brutal act” in comments to Norwegian news agency NTB.

The scene of an attack on Kongsberg in Norway by police officers, Wednesday Oct. 13, 2021. A man with a bow-and-arrow and several people were injured in an attack on a Norwegian town west Oslo. (Hakon M. Larsen/NTB Scanpix, via AP
Source: Associated Press

Around 6:15 PM, police were alerted and the suspect was arrested about thirty minutes later. About 66 km (41 mi) from Oslo is the community, which has approximately 26,000 residents.

The suspect shot arrows while walking through downtown Kongsberg according to police. Aas declined to comment on reports that the man used a crossbow, saying only there were “several crime scenes.”

Aas stated that the man was not yet questioned.

Norway’s domestic security agency PST was informed of the assault.

Officials invited the victims and their families to come together at a nearby hotel for support.

Norway is not known for mass killings. The country’s worst peacetime slaughter was on July 22, 2011, when right-wing extremist Anders Breivik set off a bomb in the capital of Oslo, killing eight people. Then he headed to tiny Utoya Island, where he stalked the mostly teen members of the Labor Party’s youth wing and killed another 69 victims.

Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison, the maximum under Norwegian law, but his term can be extended as long as he’s considered a danger to society.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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