Norway: Oslo gay bar shootings left at least two dead before pride parade

The shooting took place in a London pub, which describes itself on its website as “the biggest gay and lesbian venue in Oslo”.

Police received multiple calls about the shooting at 1:14 a.m. local time, and arrived at the scene minutes later. Police said they arrested a suspect three minutes after he arrived.

There were wounded people on the floor inside and outside the tavern when they arrived. “The scene was chaotic, it was a warm evening and a lot of people were outside, so there were people running everywhere,” police told CNN.

Among the eight in hospital, three are in critical condition. Another 14 victims were slightly injured.

Police said the suspect was armed with two weapons during the shooting. They have not confirmed what weapons he used due to the pending investigation.

The suspect was taken to the police station. Police told CNN that there are currently no other suspects.

In a statement posted to Facebook after the shooting, the London pub denounced the incident as “absolutely horrific and purely sinister”. The pub said all its staff were fine and offered its condolences to the victims and their families.

Oslo is scheduled to hold its annual events pride Parade later on Saturday.
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