COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A Danish man who’s in custody in Norway suspected of a bow-and-arrow assault on a small city that killed 5 folks and wounded two others is a Muslim convert who had beforehand been flagged as having being radicalized, police stated Thursday.
The man is suspected of getting shot at folks in plenty of areas within the city of Kongsberg on Wednesday night. Several of the victims have been in a grocery store, police stated.
“There earlier had been worries of the man having been radicalized,” Police chief Ole B. Saeverud advised a news convention.
The victims have been 4 girls and one man between the ages of fifty and 70, Saeverud stated.
Officials imagine that the person didn’t begin killing folks till police arrived on the scene.
“From what we know now, it is reasonably clear that some, probably everyone, was killed after the police were in contact with the perpetrator,” Saeverud stated.
Speaking calmly and clearly after his arrest, the suspect advised police, “I did this,” stated Ann Iren Svane Mathiassen, the police legal professional who’s main the investigation.
“He talked calmly and clearly described what he had done. He admitted killing the five people,” she advised The Associated Press
The rampage occurred in clear view of dozens of witnesses on this small city, which at the moment is in hushed shock, in response to onlookers. Police have already spoke to between 20 and 30 witnesses who noticed the attacker wound and kill his victims, in response to Svane Mathiassen.
“There are people who saw him in the city. Before the killings. That is when he injured people,” Svane Mathiassen stated.
Witness Erik Benum, who lives on the identical highway because the grocery store that one of many crime scenes, advised the AP that he noticed the escaped store staff sheltering in doorways.
“I saw them hiding in the corner. Then I went to see what was happening, and I saw the police moving in with a shield and rifles. It was a very strange sight.”
The following morning, the entire city was eerily quiet, he stated. “People are sad and shocked.”
The bow and arrow have been simply a part of the killer’s arsenal. But police are but to verify what different weapons he used. Weapons specialists and different technical officers are being drafted in to assist with the investigation.
Both the hospitalized victims are in intensive care. They embody an off-duty police officer who was inside the shop. Their situation was not instantly recognized.
The suspect is being held on preliminary expenses, which is a step in need of formal expenses. Police imagine he acted alone.
Police have been alerted to the assault round 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and arrested the suspect about half-hour later.
“It goes without saying that this is a very serious and extensive situation, and it naturally affects Kongsberg and those who live here,” Police spokesman Oeyvind Aas stated earlier.
Newly appointed Prime Minister-Jonas Gahr Stoere known as the assault “horrific.”
“This is unreal. But the reality is that five people have been killed, many are injured and many are in shock ,” Gahr Stoere advised Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
In a press release to the mayor of Kongsberg, Norwegian King Harald V stated folks have “experienced that their safe local environment suddenly became a dangerous place. It shakes us all when horrible things happen near us, when you least expect it, in the middle of everyday life on the open street.”
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote on Twitter that he was “shocked and saddened by the tragic news coming from Norway.”
Town officers stated the principle church was open to anybody in want of assist.
Kongsberg, a small city of some 26,000 inhabitants, is about 66 kilometers (41 miles) southwest of Oslo.