Norwegian police say 2 people were killed in shooting in Oslo

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Two people were killed and more than a dozen injured early Saturday in a shooting in Oslo, Norwegian police said, as the city prepared for an annual Pride parade.

The shooting occurred outside a bar in the Norwegian capital’s city center, police said.

A suspect has been arrested and police do not believe anyone else is involved, police spokesman Tore Barstad said.

Barstad said the motive was not immediately known and it was unclear whether the shooting had anything to do with the Pride parade due to be held in Oslo on Saturday.

“The police are in contact with the organizers of the Pride event this Saturday. There will be an ongoing assessment of what steps police should take to protect this event and whether this incident has a connection to Pride,” Barstad told reporters.

Olav Roenneberg, a journalist with Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, said he witnessed the shooting.

“I saw a man arrive at the site with a bag. He took a gun and started shooting,” Roenneberg told NRK. “At first I thought it was an air gun. Then the window of the bar next door shattered and I realized I had to run for cover.

Norway suffered one of Europe’s worst mass shootings in 2011 when a right-wing extremist killed 69 people on the island of Utoya after setting off a bomb in Oslo that killed eight people.


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