Like a scene from a Jo Nesbo thriller, man armed with quiver full of arrows roamed streets shooting randomly for 20 minutes, before being subdued by police
A man armed with a bow and arrows killed several people and wounded others Wednesday near the Norwegian capital of Oslo before he was arrested, authorities said, according to the AP.
The police chief in the town of Kongsberg said there was “a confrontation” between officers and the assailant, but he did not elaborate. He said there were several deaths but offered no details.
Norwegian broadcaster NRK reported that at least four people were dead.
“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 Oeying Aas said.
Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg described the attack as “gruesome” and said it was too early to speculate on the man’s 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.
Police were alerted to the attack around 6:30 p.m. and arrested the suspect about 20 minutes later. The community is 66 kilometers (41 miles) southwest of Oslo.
According to police, the suspect walked around the city shooting at people with arrows. Several people were wounded in shops, Aas said.
© Copyright LaPresse