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Norwegian police say two killed and more than a dozen wounded in mass shooting in Oslo: NPR

Police are on duty outside a bar in central Oslo, early Saturday, June 25, 2022. Norwegian police say people have been killed and more than a dozen injured in a mass shooting.

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Police are on duty outside a bar in central Oslo, early Saturday, June 25, 2022. Norwegian police say people have been killed and more than a dozen injured in a mass shooting.

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OSLO, Norway – Two people were killed and more than a dozen injured early Saturday in a mass shooting in Oslo, Norwegian police said as the city was preparing for an annual Pride parade.

The shooting happened outside a bar in the center of the Norwegian capital, police said.

A suspect was arrested and police do not believe other people were involved, police spokesman Tore Barstad said.

Barstad said that the motive was not immediately known and that it was not clear whether the shooting had any connection to the Pride parade, which was to be held on Saturday in Oslo.

“Police are in contact with the organizers of the Pride event this Saturday. There will be an ongoing assessment of what measures the police should take to protect that event and whether this incident has any connection to Pride at all,” Barstad told reporters.

He said 14 people received medical treatment, eight of whom have been hospitalized.

Olav Roenneberg, a journalist from the Norwegian public television station NRK, said he witnessed the shooting.

“I saw a man arrive at the scene with a bag. He took a weapon and started firing,” Roenneberg told NRK. “At first I thought it was an air pistol. Then the glass in the bar next door was shattered and I realized I had to run in cover.”

The Norwegian TV station TV2 showed footage of people running down the streets of Oslo in panic while shots were fired in the background.

The Oslo Pride organizers said they were in close contact with the police.

“We are shocked and saddened by the tragic incident and we are following it closely,” Oslo Pride said in a Facebook statement. “Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.”

Norway is a relatively safe country, but has experienced violent attacks from right-wing extremists, including one of the worst mass shootings in Europe in 2011, when a right-wing extremist killed 69 people on the island of Utoya after setting off a bomb in Oslo that left eight dead.

In 2019, another right-wing extremist killed his step-sister and then opened fire in a mosque, but was overpowered before anyone was injured.

Norwegian police say two killed and more than a dozen wounded in mass shooting in Oslo: NPR

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