A 37-year-old Danish citizen who was dwelling in Norway was arrested and charged over the assault within the city of Kongsberg, however police haven’t disclosed what costs he’s dealing with.
“The police have beforehand been in touch with the person, together with on account of earlier issues associated to radicalization,” Sæverud informed a information convention.
The suspect had not appeared on their radar this yr although, Sæverud indicated, saying the police had “acquired no stories in 2021 relating to radicalization.”
4 girls and one man have been killed within the assault. “We’ve some details about the 5 individuals who died. There are 4 girls and a person, nobody has been formally recognized but. It can take a while. They’re all aged 50 to 70 years,” Sæverud mentioned.
A timeline of the occasions Wednesday revealed that solely 35 minutes elapsed between the primary stories to police of a person taking pictures with a bow and arrow and the arrest of the suspect.
The primary name alerting police got here into the operations heart at 6:12 p.m., Sæverud mentioned. A patrol was instantly despatched to the situation, adopted by three extra, he mentioned. The primary patrol on the scene solely briefly noticed the perpetrator.
Within the minutes afterward, messages have been coming in from members of the general public that the suspect had been noticed in a number of locations throughout Kongsberg, he mentioned.
The suspect was arrested at 6:47 p.m., by which era 22 police patrols had been deployed and extra assets have been on their approach. Warning pictures have been fired on the time of the arrest, Sæverud mentioned.
From what police now know, “it seems moderately clear that in all probability everybody was killed after the police have been in touch with the perpetrator for the primary time,” he mentioned.
The perpetrator is believed to have acted alone, police mentioned.
One witness to the assault, Linda Ostergaard, was biking residence along with her two daughters when she got here on the assault, in line with CNN Swedish affiliate, Expressen.
“My youngest daughter was a few meters in entrance of me when she all of a sudden stopped as there have been plenty of blue lights,” Ostergaard mentioned.
“We noticed a police automobile with sirens on come, and it stopped on the prime of the road. Two policemen jumped out of the automobile with weapons and bumped into the store right here, they usually have been shouting, ‘armed police, put down the weapon.'”
“Then we have been informed to maneuver away, that we needed to get to security. So we ran to the nook there, and stood there on the nook. There, we met one other man who mentioned that it was he who had referred to as the police, and that the perpetrator had shot after him, down right here, after which we noticed that there was an arrow down there within the highway. There was no crossbow solely a protracted arrow mendacity there.”
‘Perpetrator has carried out horrific acts’
The assault got here on the eve of a brand new authorities taking workplace after final month’s parliamentary elections unseated the long-ruling Conservative Social gathering.
Labour chief Jonas Gahr Retailer is because of assume the function of Prime Minister on Thursday. In a Fb publish, Retailer described the assault as a “merciless and brutal act.”
Talking at a late-night information convention within the capital, Oslo, the nation’s outgoing Prime Minister Erna Solberg described the developments in Kongsberg as “grotesque” and promised “all needed assets” have been being deployed.
“The perpetrator has carried out horrific acts in opposition to a number of folks. It’s a very dramatic state of affairs that has hit Kongsberg society exhausting, and the occasions shake us all,” she mentioned.
Norway’s King Harald expressed his sympathies Thursday in a brief message to the mayor of Kongsberg, saying that “the remainder of the nation stands with you.”
“We sympathize with the kinfolk and injured within the grief and despair,” he mentioned. “And we consider all these affected in Kongsberg who’ve skilled that their protected native setting all of a sudden turned a harmful place. It shakes us all when horrible issues occur close to us, if you least count on it, in the midst of on a regular basis life on the open road.”
The assault comes simply over a decade since Norway’s worst terrorist assault.
In August 2019, one other man stormed an Oslo mosque armed with weapons earlier than being overpowered. That yr, the nation’s intelligence service reported that right-wing terrorism was on the rise globally, and warned that the nation would seemingly be focused within the close to future.
CNN’s Vasco Cotovio, Seb Shukla and Lianne Kolirin contributed to this report.