From the AP . . .
A gunman opened fire in Oslo’s night-life district early Saturday, killing two people and leaving 10 seriously wounded in what police are investigating as a possible terrorist attack during the Norwegian capital’s annual Pride festival.
Investigators said the suspect, identified as a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen originally from Iran, was arrested after opening fire at three locations in downtown Oslo.
While the motive was unclear, organizers of Oslo Pride canceled a parade that was set for Saturday as the highlight of a weeklong festival. One of the shootings happened outside the London Pub, a bar popular with the city’s LGBTQ community, just hours before the parade was set to begin.
Police attorney Christian Hatlo said the suspect was being held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and terrorism, based on the number of people targeted at multiple locations.
“Our overall assessment is that there are grounds to believe that he wanted to cause grave fear in the population,” Hatlo said.
Hatlo said the suspect’s mental health was also being investigated.
“We need to go through his medical history, if he has any. It’s not something that we’re aware of now,” he said.
The shootings happened around 1 a.m. local time, sending panicked revelers fleeing into the streets or trying to hide from the gunman.
Olav Roenneberg, a journalist from Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, said he witnessed the shooting.
“I saw a man arrive at the site with a bag. He picked up a weapon and started shooting,” Roenneberg told NRK. “First I thought it was an air gun. Then the glass of the bar next door was shattered and I understood I had to run for cover.”
Another witness, Marcus Nybakken, 46, said he was alerted to the incident by a commotion in the area.
“When I walked into Cesar’s bar there were a lot of people starting to run and there was a lot of screaming. I thought it was a fight out there, so I pulled out. But then I heard that it was a shooting and that there was someone shooting with a submachine gun,” Nybakken told Norwegian broadcaster TV2.
Police inspector Tore Soldal said two of the shooting victims died and 10 people were being treated for serious injuries, but none of them was believed to be life-threatening.
Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said in a Facebook post that “the shooting outside London Pub in Oslo tonight was a cruel and deeply shocking attack on innocent people.”
He said that while the motive was unclear, the shooting had caused fear and grief in the LGBTQ community.
“We all stand by you,” Gahr Stoere wrote.
King Harald V also offered condolences and said he and Norway’s royal family were “horrified by the night’s shooting tragedy.”
“We sympathize with all relatives and affected and send warm thoughts to all who are now scared, restless and in grief,” the Norwegian monarch said in a statement. “We must stand together to defend our values: freedom, diversity and respect for each other. We must continue to stand up for all people to feel safe.”
Christian Bredeli, who was at the bar, told Norwegian newspaper VG that he hid on the fourth floor with a group of about 10 people until he was told it was safe to come out.
“Many were fearing for their lives,” he said. “On our way out we saw several injured people, so we understood that something serious had happened.”
Norwegian broadcaster TV2 showed footage of people running down Oslo streets in panic as shots rang out in the background.
Investigators said the suspect was known to police, as well as to Norway’s security police, but not for any major violent crimes. His criminal record included a narcotics offense and a weapons offense for carrying a knife, Hatlo said.
Hatlo said police seized two weapons after the attack: a handgun and an automatic weapon, both of which he described as “not modern” without giving details.
He said the suspect had not made any statement to the police and was in contact with a defense lawyer.
Hatlo said it was too early to say whether the gunman specifically targeted members of the LGBTQ community.
“We have to look closer at that, we don’t know yet,” he said.
Still, police advised organizers of the Pride festival to cancel the parade Saturday.
“Oslo Pride therefore urges everyone who planned to participate or watch the parade to not show up. All events in connection with Oslo Prides are canceled,” organizers said on the official Facebook page of the event.
Inge Alexander Gjestvang, leader of FRI, the Norwegian organization for sexual and gender diversity, said the shooting has shaken the Nordic country’s gay community.
“It’s tough for the queer movement to experience this,” he was quoted by TV2 as saying. “We encourage everyone to stand together, take care of each other. We’ll be back later, proud, visible but right now it’s not the time for that.”
Just another Muslim shooting up a gay bar, nothing to see here folks please move along quietly and forget this ever happened.
This is never acceptable.
But…..I thought mass shootings only happened in the United States by white, far-right, Christian men. Surely this must be satire?
Well, that’s the narrative over here. Truth of the matter hardly matters to those propagating the lies.
Idiot> Mas shootings happen at some time in most countries. It’s just that the USA has as many as the rest of the civilised world put together. Around 30 in the first six months of 2022.
One incident most likely given the perps birthplace TEORRIST based does NOT make a case for wider gun ownership -rather the opposit in fact because tough gun law makes it much. much harder to obtain fire arms> This is the reason why auto mobiles have become a weapon of choice. I’ve always wondered why the automobile is not even more popular in mass killings than it is.
Keep lying Sir Subject. Here’s some facts for anyone interested in objectivity:
Average Annual Death Rate per Million People from Mass Public Shootings (U.S., Canada, and Europe, 2009-2015):
Norway — 1.888
Serbia — 0.381
France — 0.347
Macedonia — 0.337
Albania — 0.206
Slovakia — 0.185
Switzerland — 0.142
Finland — 0.132
Belgium — 0.128
Czech Republic — 0.123
United States — 0.089
Austria — 0.068
Netherlands — 0.051
Canada — 0.032
England — 0.027
Germany — 0.023
Russia — 0.012
Italy — 0.009
In addition, a 2018 CRPC study ranked the U.S. at number sixty-four in the world in terms of mass shooting rates per capita.
Source: world population review dot com
How can this happen in a “civilized” country? Asking for a friend.. I’m sure one of those whatcha call em? Oh yeah “subjects” that preach about how much better Europeans are than Americans can explain this.
The infusion of the followers of the ” peaceful religion ” wasn’t such a good idea. Never put savages in a civilized society.
Absolutely fake news. Proof:
Shootings like this don’t happen in “civilised” nations.
The fictional gunman should have known that he was most at-risk for injury because he had a firearm; the statistics prove it.
A disarmed populace is a polite and mannerly populace. Keep guns out of their hands and shootings don’t happen.
Everyone knows that only white right-wingers do such things.
” … there was someone shooting with a submachine gun,” Citizens of other countries don’t have access to weapons of war.
Gun laws would have stopped this.
See? Obviously fake news.
Doesn’t Norway have gun control? The place is a paradise, according to American lefties. This is fake news. Never happened.
If you like hairy armpits visit Norway. Easy knee jerk answer here…Everyone between 41 and 43 will require enhanced scrutinization.
“enhanced scrutinization” …. that sounds like something people either pay hookers to do to them or get in a colonoscopy.
Idiot. Every country on god’s green Earth has probably had a mass shooting event at some time or another. But, and a big but, the USA has has as many even MORE than the rest of the civilised world put together . Around 30 in the first 6 months of 2022 alone.
This NORWEGIAN incident was Very littlke can be done to, protect you fromm that especially if it was a long planned Lone Wolf event and probable TERRORIST incident given the birthplace of the perp and his past record and virulent anti-homosexual leanings.
That is a far cry from the usual impetus behind mass shootings in the USA which are 99% home grown and commited by disgruntled and local citizenry.
Nobody can protect you 100% from a determineed terrorist act
Albert L J Hall, You claim to have been in the British military. Do you remember something called “Murphy’s Law?” “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong as the worst possible moment.” All the planning on the world won’t help one bit if Mr Murphy comes out to play. You see if people are armed they can ben that “thing that can go wrong”.
No, Lefty, the shootings here are usually by someone with mental illness. Not “disgruntled and local citizens.”
This is one time that the Far Right in the U.S. and the Fanatic Islamists (all Islamists are not fanatic’s) are agreeing with each other in their maniacal hatred of gays. The religious fanatics of Islam and Christianity both have goals of establishing religious caliphates in their respective countries.
I think after the facts are known the weapon probably came from a foreign terrorist group. No gun control law can stop an act of war by a foreign nation. I mention this because Europe has strict gun control laws which result in far less mass shootings than the U.S. does. The French mass shooting at a bar several years ago was because of an outside foreign terrorist group that armed and trained local muslim fanatics.
The Far Right of the U.S. will scream, laugh and dance in the blood of the victims claiming gun control does not work but in reality it does when foreign intervention is not present.
Cool story, brah. You learned all that in your mothers basement?
“This is one time that the Far Right in the U.S. and the Fanatic Islamists (all Islamists are not fanatic’s) are agreeing with each other in their maniacal hatred of gays”
When you understand what “Islamists” means be sure to correct yourself.
Never-the-less it happen’s to, be bloody true. I do not understand the reference to ‘your mother’s basement’. I doubt you do either. What has a bloody ‘basement’ got to do with an opinion over gun contrpol legislation.
Don’t act stupid albert/herr dacian.
Oops, my bad. You aren’t acting.
Rofl, forgot you were supposed to reply under the Dacian handle that time didn’t you? lol
Funny that as the whiole hierarchy of the Far Right of GERMANY’s NAZI Part under ERNST RHOM was homosexual. Read up your history and thin spite of a declared hatred of HOMOSEXUALITY. PAKISTAN and AFGHANISTAN it’s practically a condition of life for the majority of males. It all depends on definition in both countries Only CATAMITES and those living openly are considered as being homosexual. Meanwhile inn TURKEY questions have been asked in nthe seta of Government as to what to doi about the widespread practice of homsexuality. On that particular subject I KNOW FOR A FACT that is was normal practice within the CYPRIOT TURKISH fraternity though it did no stop most of them getting married and was actually expected for unmarried guys seeingt that the girls were very much ‘out of bounds’.
It is a well know fact, psychologically, that those most virulently opposed to homosexuality are also THE most likely be be in the ‘closet. Most heterosexuals of either sex could simlply not give a Cat’s Cojones because it just does not interest them. Winston Churchill was once asked his opinion of homosexuality . His reply was ‘I went to Harrow’. He was also once asked as to his opinion about ROYAL NAVAL TRADITION. His reply to that was Sir, ”there are only Three Traditions in the Royal Navy ‘RUm, Bum and Porrige”
Its you Storm Trooper that do not understand that both radical islamists and christians have the same goals, i.e. a caliphate. And I find your constant phobia about Islamists very disturbing.
dacian, the Dunderhead. More horse pucky? Muslims may want a caliphate, but not Christians. I find your phobia about Christians to be most disturbing.
dacian the stupid,
Please stop, you’ve already shown you @$$ so many times, I don’t think I can take another exposure.
1. One of your “civilized” Euroweenie countries had a mass shooting. I thought was
“unpossible”, because all your “civilized” European countries had STRICT GUN CONTROL??
2. Oh, a fanatic criminal can get a gun, EVEN IN A CIVILIZED COUNTRY, despite “strict gun control”??? UNPOSSIBLE!! But that has nothing to do with how “strict gun control” does f***-all to stop criminals from getting guns, does it, dacian the stupid???
3. ONLY “far right” fanatics in the uncivilized US can get guns and do shootings, amirite, dacian the stupid???
Child, just go back to your mother’s basement, and leave us the f*** alone. A. CRIMINAL. WHO. WANTS. ONE. WILL. GET. A. GUN. Now, if Norway (one of your “civilized European countries”) had actually allowed law-abiding citizens to acquire/carry guns, SOMEONE might have shot this useless f*** before he killed people.
Your entire Leftist/fascist rant just blew up in your face, and you’re too stupid to even realize it. My GAWD you are a pathetic s***weasel, dacian the stupid. Go back to your circle jerk, moron.
When his go-to talking point gets shown up by reality, a nonplussed dacky boy segues right into another one.
dacian the Dunderhead. Your contention that Conservatives hate “gays” is poppycock. We just don’t believe that two people of the same sex should engage in sexual contact. That Lefty, doesn’t amount to “hate”. Do us a favor, go to Norway and live in the gay community you seem to adore.
To Walter the Beverly Hillbilly
quote————–. Your contention that Conservatives hate “gays” is poppycock. We just don’t believe that two people of the same sex should engage in sexual contact.————quote
Nice try on attempting to hide your ignorance and hate of gays. It fooled no one but yourself.
dacian, the Dunderhead. Not trying to hide anything. I just happen to know the difference between men and woman and am not confused but it. I don’t hate gays. I just don’t associate with them. If you read the Constitution it comes under the right of association (1st Amendment) But then that document is the one you love to hate, as it stymies your Leftist-Socialist agenda.
You fool no one Walter , no one. Your side has attacked gays both physically (recently twice in the last several weeks) and you have discriminated against them at every opportunity including the work place and at schools.
dacian, the Dunderhead, and your side has attacked anyone who has a Conservative ideology. Remember the summer of 2020 when your ANTIFA and BLM stormtroopers attacked Seattle, Portland, New York, Minneapolis, etc? I condemn anyone who attacks any other person in other than self defense.
I’ve discriminated against no one. Not even a Dunderhead like you.
Oh goody, we get to play Victim Pyramid.
Is the minority Muslim from a marginalized and ostracized nation or the tolerant well-off 1st worlders partying for globohomo the greater victim?
I know, they’re both victims of America’s white-supremacist gun-culture!!
What do I win? My own chauffeured apology tour? An all-included trip to re-education?
When you’re so diverse you have intolerant interlopers crammed in with people they see as subhuman, all you can say is “Taste the rainbow!”
Norway: Where a lunatic killed & blew up 70some mostly teenage victims & got 18 years in prison. Enjoy yer chains Norwegians…
Norway did something abut their gun problem after the massacre while we have continued to do nothing about our massacres.
dacian, the Dunderhead, OK, tell us what they did? All I could find is they raised the threat level.
You still haven’t told us what the firing sequence of a cartridge is?
What’s up with that? I guess you are not really a “gun expert” huh? Just another B/S Artist. As to my creds, you can look them up on the NRA’s web site.
They canceled the parade so he won.
Should have gone on with it to give the hajis the finger.
Yup. Not my particular orientation flavor, but as the saying goes “Armed gays don’t get bashed”. Equal means equal.
“Iranian origin who was previously known to police”
I’ve kinda lost interest at that point. If immigrants can’t integrate, they should be blocked from immigrating. Off with his head, and send his whole family back to Iran.
Must be fake news. Everyone knows mass shootings never happen anywhere but in the US.
What, no hate crime charges? Norway must be so backward.
Knowing the gun laws of most of oh so civilized Europe, how did the shooter get these nasty weapons? Rather proves the point about how prohibition, and regulation works.
The article mentions the shooter was an Iranian immigrant. Most likely Muslem. While not all Muslem’s are violent, there are enough who refuse to integrate into the society of their new home that they merit scrutiny. Many who are not violent themselves, much like other demographics, they accept and, in some cases, approve or at least condone such violence.
Also, many in the Moslem community, again like other demographics, have a distrust of police. Much of that distrust is promoted by the media and politicians here. While the distrust of police in much of the immigrant communities both in Europe and in the US is based on the corrupt police or heavy handedness of the government forces where they emigrated from.
Lastly, this is an example of how when seconds count, police are minutes away. Contrary to popular leftist projection, few if any of those of us who want to carry a weapon in public have any desire to have to use them. But, just perhaps, had someone amongst the crowd was armed, they may have been able to stop the attack with fewer deaths or injuries. Even a small chance of doing so is better than no chance.
“There is reason to think that this is about hate crime.
/prosecutor Christian Hatlo
That is some serious islamophobia on Mr. Hatlo’s part.
Now why on earth would anyone suspect an adherent of the pedophile prophet of committing a “hate crime” against homosexuals?
But white males are the most likely terrorist. LMMFAO.
true disiple is correct. we do rank 64 on the list. not number one. and all the leftie BS on here is not going to change that. and there are also mass shootings that are STOPPED by someone with a gun. even 2 stopped with AR-15 type guns. this example in Norway is just another time where someone shot up somewhere where no one had a gun to stop them. just like what happens here. lets pick the place with the gun free sticker and shoot that place up. let’s pick a school or a bar, and funny how here it always seems to happen when either a pro gun thing is trying to get through or more gun control trying to get through. ( national concealed carry, oops mass shooting killed that) Beto running for Gov. of Texas ( oowe look another mass shooting) republicans not wanting to push the gun control law through ( oowe another one, this time at them while they were playing ball) and then the SCOTUS desission ( another mass shooting in Buffalo) seems to work most of the time .( did.nt with scotus, so they have to try harder). I know these are just couinsinesses ( yeah I can’t spell that word for crap-sue me).then let us not forget that Hilliary , Obama, Holder and our favorite priesident Joe Biden GAVE guns to criminals during operation fast and furious ( remember that one. it got mentioned for about one minute on the news and they were told to drop it).I acuse the “deomocrap party ( aka the COMMUNIST party ) of making all of this happen. remember if you commit a crime you are caught ,but you are released with an appearence ticket so your criminal plans can continue. and who is behind that OH, why it is the democraps (COMMUNIST) of course, Comrade.
After the massacre, Norway took action to address their gun problem, whereas we in the United States have continued to take no action regarding our massacres.