Two people died and at least 19 were injured mass shooting two gay bars outside Oslo, Norway, Investigators say they are treating the shooting as an act of terrorism.
CNN reports that the shooting took place outside a London pub, which advertises the “largest gay and lesbian venue” in the city. Police were called to the area around 1:14 pm and arrived a few minutes later.
When officers arrived, they saw a chaotic scene with wounded people on the ground inside and outside the bar. Several of the injured were taken to the district hospital, out of which the condition of three is said to be critical.
Police say a suspect has been taken into custody but has not been identified. The outlet reports that the suspect is a Norwegian national, originally from Iran, and “known to police.” The man has been charged with murder, attempt to murder and acts of terrorism.
An eyewitness told a Norwegian media outlet that they saw the man coming to the scene with the bag. He then picked up the gun and started firing.
The country celebrates gay pride this month and Saturday’s Pride Parade has been cancelled. Despite being told to stay at home, many people marched in protest against the hatred and violence against them.
Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store Condemning the shooting, he sent his condolences to the victims on Facebook.
“My thoughts go out to the victims and their relatives,” Store said. “We don’t yet know what was behind this horrific act, but for the queer community who are now scared and in mourning, I want to say that we are all with you.”
Extreme violence of this nature is generally rare in Norway, making it shocking to residents of the country.
people of #oslo Looking forward to support #LGBTQ person today. The ceremonial parade may have been cancelled, but the community is marching to show that they will not fear hatred or violence. I am with everyone in spirit. #oslov pic.twitter.com/ZgTt465iZ0
— Arthur Wilczynski (@Arturmaks) 25 June 2022