COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – A Danish man suspects a bow and arrow attack on a small Norwegian town that killed five people and wounded two others, a former Muslim cleric The flag was hoisted, police said Thursday.
The man is suspected of shooting at several locations in the town of Kingsburg on Wednesday evening. Police said several victims were in a supermarket.
“At first, the man was concerned about radicalism,” police chief Olivier Seward told a news conference. Not what it means to be a radical.
Seward added that the last report of concern was last year.
Among the victims were four women and a man between the ages of 50 and 70, Seward said.
Police were alerted at 6:12 a.m. Wednesday about a man firing a bow and arrow at Kingsburg, 66 kilometers (41 miles) southwest of Oslo. Officers contacted the suspect but he escaped and was not apprehended until 6:47 p.m., 35 minutes after the attack began, Seward said.
Authorities believe the man did not start killing people until police arrived at the scene.
“From what we know now, it’s pretty clear that some, maybe everyone, was killed after the police were in contact with the culprit,” Seward said.
Speaking calmly and clearly after his arrest, the accused told police, “I did this,” said police lawyer Anne Erin Sweeney Mathisen, who is leading the investigation.
“He spoke calmly and clearly stated what he had done. He confessed to killing five people,” he told the Associated Press.
The mob appeared in front of dozens of witnesses in the small town, which, according to onlookers, is in silent shock today. According to Swain Matheson, police have already spoken to 20 to 30 witnesses who have seen the attacker injure and kill his own wounded.
“There are people who saw him in town. Before the murder. At the time he injured people,” said Swain Matheson.
Witness Eric Benham, who lives on a supermarket-like street, one of the crime scenes told the AP that he saw fleeing shop workers sheltering at the doors.
“I saw them hiding in the corner. Then I went to see what was happening, and I saw the police moving forward with shields and rifles. It was a very strange sight.”
The next morning, the whole city was terribly quiet, he said. “People are sad and shocked.”
The bow and arrow were only part of the killer’s weapon. But police have not yet confirmed what other weapons he used. Weapons experts and other technical officers are being trained to assist in the investigation.
Both victims are in intensive care at the hospital. They include an off-duty police officer who was inside the store. His condition was not immediately known.
The accused is being arrested on initial charges, one step lower than formal charges. Police believe he acted alone.
“This is a very serious and far-reaching situation, and it naturally affects Kingsburg and its inhabitants,” police spokesman Ovi Winds said earlier.
Newly elected Prime Minister Jonas Gohar Storey called the attack “terrible.”
“It’s unrealistic. But the fact is that five people have been killed, many injured and many in shock.
In a statement to the mayor of Kingsburg, King Herald V of Norway said: “People have experienced that their safe local environment has suddenly become a dangerous place. In the middle of everyday life on the open road It shakes us all when you least expect it.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote on Twitter that he was shocked and saddened by the sad news from Norway.
Kingsburgh’s main church, a small town of about 26,000 inhabitants, was open to anyone in need.
“I don’t think anyone expects that kind of experience. But no one could have imagined it could happen in our small town.
Mark Lewis in London contributed to this report.