Archer kills 5 innocents in Norwegian town of Kongsberg

10:46, 14 October 2021
Archer kills 5 innocents in Norwegian town of Kongsberg Photo: Alexander Romitsyn/Global Look Press

An act of unfounded cruelty took place in a Norwegian town of Kongsberg on Wednesday when a man armed with a bow opened fire at shoppers, killing five people before the arrest followed, according to the authorities.

An appalling accident took place inside the Coop Extra supermarket where five were shot to death and two wounded, one of the injured was an off-duty officer. Both were hospitalized in intensive care.

“The man who carried out the act has been arrested by the police, and there is no active search for more people. Based on the information we have, there is one person behind this,” Police Chief Oeyving Aas said.

The deadly attack was described by Prime Minister Erna Solberg as “gruesome” and she said the time to speculate on a motive hasn’t come yet.

The police arrested the assailant 30 minutes after the alert came, the emergency call was received at around 6:15 pm. The town where the killing occurred is 41 miles (66km) southwest of Oslo, with a community of 26,000 people.

A culprit, Danish man of 37, has been under interrogation for about 3 hours after he had been taken into custody in the town of Drammen, his lawyer, Fredrik Neuman said. The defender added that the shooter has a Danish mother and a Norwegian father.

Similar accidents are extremely rare in Norway. The country’s most horrendous and inhuman act of brutal killing took place on July 22, 2011, when an extremist Anders Breivik detonated a bomb in the capital, killing eight citizens, and afterward, he directed to Utoya Island to keep slaughtering innocents. He managed to kill 69 people by hunting mostly teen members of the Labor Party’s youth wing.

Breivik was sentenced to 21 years behind bars, the most strict punishment according to Norwegian law, nonetheless it will likely be reviewed as he is still considered to be a danger to society.

Earlier in September, a man armed with a crossbow was killed by the Dutch police as he posed a danger to the society standing topless at the balcony holding a crossbow. It later turned out that he killed two individuals in the apartment where he had been at at that moment.