Five people have died in a stampede caused by a maniac’s bow and arrow.
Police in Kongsberg, Norway, have arrested several people – reportedly including an off-duty police officer – who were injured in a gruesome attack tonight.
A large area of the city was reportedly evacuated and cordoned off after a man opened fire with a bow and arrow.
Local media reported that the suspect opened fire at people from inside a Cop Xtra supermarket in the west of the city.
Shocked bystanders told of a seriously injured woman calling for help in a pool of blood near a traffic junction with an arrow in her body.
Several more were reported to be seriously injured.
A witness tweeted: “There’s a man shooting bow and arrows at people right outside my apartment. Police and several helicopters are here.”
The death toll stands at five, with two injured, including an off-duty policeman who was in civilian clothing and remains in intensive care.
Police believe the suspect acted alone because they described the incident – which occurred just before 6.30 pm local time (5.30 a.m. BST) – “serious”.
“The man has been arrested,” police chief Oyvind Aas told reporters.
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“According to the information that we have now, this person carried out these actions alone.
“Many people have been injured and many have been killed.
“One person has done these tasks alone.
“It is natural to consider whether this is an act of terrorism. But the man has not been questioned and it is too early to come to any conclusion.”
The police chief said there were “multiple crime scenes”, adding that there had been a confrontation with officers and the suspect tried to flee before being arrested.
Officials are still probing whether the 30-minute bow and arrow attack was an act of terrorism. Police caught the lone killer in a “confrontation”, local media reports.
Mayor Kari Anne Sand said a crisis center had been set up in the town: “This is a tragedy for all those affected. I’m speechless.”
The attack took place on the eve of the new government taking power in Norway.
Outgoing Prime Minister Erna Solberg said the handover would not be affected by the mass murder and that the new prime minister would be sworn in as planned.
Solberg described the attack as “horrific” and said police officers would remain armed until further notice.
The town saw a major emergency response as medics arrived to help the injured.
Helicopters, bomb disposal squads and military forces were also deployed.
Police say a man has been arrested and is believed to be lodged in Dramman town.
The injured were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.
It is not yet confirmed how many have been killed.
An investigation is underway.
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