‘At least five people killed’ as man goes on evil rampage

At least five people have been killed and others injured by a man using a bow and arrows to carry out attacks in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg.

Police arrested the suspect after he marauded through the town for 30 minutes firing randomly at victims and are probing a possible terror motive. 

‘We can unfortunately confirm that there are several injured and also unfortunately several killed in this episode,’ police official Oyvind Aas told a news conference. 

‘The man who committed this act has been arrested by the police and, according to our information, there is only one person involved.’ 

Aas added it was only ‘natural’ to consider the possibility the attack was an act of terrorism. He declined to comment on the number of casualties but broadcaster NRK reported at least five people had died, citing sources close to investigators.   

The suspect opened fire in the town centre of Kongsberg around 18:30 local time and was later apprehended by police following a ‘confrontation’ with officers. 

He was taken to a police station in the nearby town of Drammen for questioning, officials said without elaborating.

The attacks took place over ‘a large area’ of Kongsberg as the suspect moved through the town, police said. 

Local media reported the suspect opened fire from inside a Coop Extra supermarket in the town’s west.  A spokesperson for the chain later confirmed a ‘serious incident’ at their Kongsberg store and said no staff were physically injured.   

Police were alerted to the shooter at 18:16 and arrested the suspect at 18:47 local time. Regional paper Laagendalsposten reported armed police chased the suspect, possibly shooting him, before making the arrest.