At 18.13 Wednesday night The police received several reports that a man was walking around Kongsberg center and shot with a bow and arrow. He moved over large parts of the city center and was, among other things, inside a Coop store.
– The man was arrested at 18.47. It took some time from the first patrol was on the scene until he was arrested, says police chief in Kongsberg, Øyvind Aas.
He confirms that there has been a confrontation between the perpetrator and the police, before the man got away from the place. When the police later found the man again, warning shots were fired by the police and the man was arrested.
At 23.15, the police confirmed that five people had been killed and two people injured.
The man in his 30s is now charged with the murders and is in custody in Drammen. The police believe that he acted alone and say it is natural to assess whether it is an act of terrorism.
– The man is a Danish citizen, but lives in Kongsberg, the police state in a press release.
Lawyer Fredrik Neumann has been appointed as defense counsel for the man. The two have been interrogated until Thursday night.
– He explains himself in detail and cooperates well with the police, says lawyer Neumann to TV 2.
National order for armaments
There has been a lot of police activity in the area where the attacks took place from Wednesday night and through the night. Large parts of Kongsberg center have been cordoned off. The police security service (PST) is investigating the case with significant resources, writes NTB.
The Norwegian Police Directorate has issued a national order for armaments. It is given to increase preparedness and the police’s ability to respond, the Police Directorate writes in a press release.
– This is an extra emergency measure. The police currently have no concrete indications that there is a change in the threat level in the country.
Attack inside Coop store
– We can confirm that there has been a serious incident in our store. We can also confirm that none of our employees are physically injured. What we are concerned about now is to follow up the employees in the best possible way, says Silje Verlo Alisøy, communications consultant at Coop Norge.
Among the injured was a police officer, who was inside the store, police say. He was not at work.
– It is a tragic event and very sad what has happened, says Alisøy in Coop.
So people flee for their lives
Several witnesses TV 2 has spoken to, seen lifeless people, heard intense howls and screams and seen people running for their lives in the streets of Kongsberg.
Hansine lives not far from Coop Extra, and the plan was to have a smoke before she went to the store to shop. Then she witnessed parts of the tragic event.
– I sat down on the terrace, and then I heard that it smelled so bad. Then I saw a lady who walked very fast and appeared. Then I thought: What is happening now?
Furthermore, she saw a man on the street corner with arrows in a quiver on his shoulder and a bow in his hand.
– Then I saw people flee for their lives. One of them looked like a woman holding a child in her hand, says Hansine.
She says that she was asked to get back into the apartment by a person who was on the street level, probably a policeman. She realized the seriousness when she turned on the news on TV.
This is how the relatives and those affected are taken care of
Gyldenløve hotel is now used as a center for relatives and others affected by the incident. Here they meet the municipality’s crisis team, the police’s relatives’ contact, other health personnel and also have the opportunity to talk to priests.
– We accept those who want to talk and those who have experienced things that they should not have experienced, are relatives or close to the tragic events, says mayor Kari Anne Sand (Sp) to TV 2.
She does not have an overview of how many people are in the hotel.
– We try to shield them a little, so they can go to their own rooms, she says.
Does not affect the change of government
Outgoing Prime Minister Erna Solberg called a press conference on the killings on Wednesday night, together with Minister of Justice Monica Mæland.
– The perpetrator has carried out horrific acts against several people. The events shake us, said Solberg.
Solberg and Mæland said that the current change of government will not be affected by the incident, other than that the incoming Minister of Justice must get to grips with the matter quickly.
The incoming Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has also commented on the matter.
– What we have heard from Kongsberg tonight, testifies that a cruel and brutal act has been committed, Støre said on Wednesday night.