Shooting in a nightclub in Norway: 2 people were killed, 10 injured in a terrorist attack

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BUT Shooting in a nightclub in Norway and nearby streets that left two dead and 10 injured Saturday night are being investigated as a possible terrorist attack, Norwegian police said.

Norwegian citizen opened fire in a London pub, the local LQBTQ+ bar in Oslo, just hours before the Oslo gay pride parade was due to take place. Police said the suspect in the shooting, a 42-year-old Iranian national, was arrested after firing at three locations.

Police stand guard outside a bar in central Oslo, early on Saturday morning, June 25, 2022.  Two people were killed and at least 10 injured, according to Norwegian police.

Police stand guard outside a bar in central Oslo, early on Saturday morning, June 25, 2022. Two people were killed and at least 10 injured, according to Norwegian police.
(Jawad Parsa/NTB via AP)

Barstad said the motive for the shooting was not immediately obvious and it was not clear if the shooting had any connection to the pride parade, according to The Guardian.

“The police are in touch with the organizers of the pride this Saturday,” Barstad said, according to The Guardian. “There will be an ongoing assessment of what measures the police should take to protect this event and whether this incident even has a Pride connection.”

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Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre shared his feelings on his Facebook page, calling the attack “a terrible and deeply shocking attack on innocent people.”

The suspect was considered the sole culprit of the crime. Two firearms seized, including a pistol and a machine gun.

Norwegian journalist Olav Rönneberg recalled witnessing the shooting and said he saw a man with a bag come in who then started shooting.

Police gather at the site of a mass shooting in Oslo, in the early hours of Saturday, June 25, 2022.

Police gather at the site of a mass shooting in Oslo, in the early hours of Saturday, June 25, 2022.
(Jawad Parsa/NTB via AP)

“At first I thought it was an air gun. Then glass broke in a nearby bar and I knew I had to run for cover,” he told the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK.

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Christian Bredely was also at the bar when the shooting took place and told the Norwegian newspaper VG that he was stuck on the fourth floor with a group of about 10 people until they were given permission to leave.

“On the way out, we saw a few wounded, so we realized that something serious had happened,” Bredeley said.

All Pride events for the remainder of the day have been cancelled. by order of the police.

Police stand guard at the site of a mass shooting in Oslo, early Saturday morning, June 25, 2022.

Police stand guard at the site of a mass shooting in Oslo, early Saturday morning, June 25, 2022.
((Jawad M. Parsa/NTB via AP))

“Therefore, Oslo Pride urges everyone who planned to participate or watch the parade not to appear on it. All events related to Oslo Pride are canceled,” the organizers wrote on the event’s official Facebook page.

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Earlier in Norway, there was a fatal massacre in 2011 when a gunman left 69 people dead on the island of Utøya after a bomb attack in Oslo killed 8 more people.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.