- The attacker has since been arrested by police
- One of the victims of the attack was a police officer who was off duty
Police have arrested a man suspected of killing five people using a bow and arrow at a local supermarket.
The 37-year-old, believed to be of Danish origin, allegedly stormed a supermarket in Kongsberg Town, Norway, on Wednesday at around 7 pm and began firing arrows at shoppers.
One witness says she heard a commotion at Coop Extra supermarket “then a “man standing on the corner with arrows in a quiver on his shoulder and a bow in his hand.”
By the time police were alerted to the scene, the attacker had killed five people, with others scampering for safety. They managed to corner him, despite not being armed as their law dictates.
Local Chief of Police Oyvind Aas revealed that the unknown assailant had engaged in a confrontation with police officers, before his arrest, 34 minutes after the incident.
Prosecutor Ann Irén Svane Mathiassen in an interview said that the suspect had lived in the area for years and was even known by police.
Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg described the incident as “gruesome”.
“I understand that many people are afraid, but it’s important to emphasize that the police are now in control,” she said at a news conference.
The man was reportedly grilled for more than three hours, with police saying they are yet to establish whether it was an act of terrorism.