Stockholm, Sweden – A man with a bow fired arrows at buyers on Wednesday in a small Norwegian town, killing five people before being arrested, authorities said.
The chief of police of the Kongsberg community, near the capital Oslo, said there had been a “clash” between the police and the attacker, but he did not elaborate. Two other people were injured and hospitalized in intensive care, including an officer who was off duty and inside the store where the attack took place, police said.
“The man who committed the act was arrested by the police, and there is no active search for other people. According to the information we have, there is a person behind it,” Police Chief Oeyving Aas said.
Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg called the attack “macabre” and said it was too early to speculate on a motive. Prime Minister-designate Jonas Gahr Stoere, who is due to take office on Thursday, called the attack “a cruel and brutal act” in comments to the Norwegian NTB news agency.
Police were alerted to the attack around 6:15 p.m. and arrested the suspect about 30 minutes later. The community of some 26,000 residents is located approximately 66 kilometers, 41 miles, southwest of Oslo.
Police say the suspect walked around downtown Kongsberg shooting arrows. Aas declined to comment on reports the man used a crossbow, only saying there were “multiple crime scenes.”
The man has yet to be interviewed, Aas said. The Norwegian internal security agency PST has been informed of the attack.
City officials have called on those affected by the attack and their families to rally for support at a local hotel.
The attack comes more than a decade after right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb in Oslo’s government quarter and then carried out a massacre at the youth organization’s summer camp of the Left Labor Party on the island of Utoya. The violence of July 22, 2011 left 77 dead and stunned Norway.
Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison, the maximum under Norwegian law, but his sentence can be extended as long as he is considered a danger to society.