A man in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg killed five people on Wednesday night and injured two others when he started shooting at attendees in a supermarket and then left a trail of destruction.
That‘s what the police confirm. The death toll could still be up. The suspect has since been charged.
Nothing was known about a motive a few hours after the act. Police are investigating if it was an act of terror. National police have called on officers to arm themselves well after the “serious incident.” Usually Norwegian agents are unarmed. Authorities have now decided to provide agents with firearms temporarily.
“Based on what we know now, he acted alone,” says Police Chief Oeyvind Aas.
After reporting the incident, the police pulled out and asked people to stay away from the area. It was a “life-threatening situation” that had no control over. Exactly how long it took the suspect to have been charged is unknown.
Police say the shooter started his attack in the grocery store and then moved on. He is said to have moved across a large area, and traces are now being investigated there.
Kongsberg is located west of Oslo capital and has 25,000 inhabitants.
“The information we receive from Kongsberg is horrible
,” Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg told in a press conference late Wednesday night. “I understand people are anxious, but I want to stress that the police are in control of the situation,” Solberg said.
Meanwhile, the town has plunged into mourning. “It’s totally crazy,” concludes a local resident in Norwegian media.