2 dead in mass shooting in Norway; more than a dozen injured

OSLO, Norway (AP) – A mass shooting in Oslo killed two people and injured more than a dozen on Saturday morning, Norwegian police said, as the city geared up for an annual Pride parade.

The shooting took place outside a bar in the center of the Norwegian capital, police said.

A suspect has been arrested and police do not believe other people were involved, police spokesman Tore Barstad said.

Barstad said the motive was not immediately known and it was not clear whether the shooting had anything to do with the Pride parade to be held in Oslo on Saturday.

“Police are in contact with the organizers of the Pride event next Saturday. There will be ongoing assessments of what measures the police need to take to protect that event and whether this incident has anything to do with Pride at all,” Barstad told reporters.

Olav Roenneberg, a journalist for the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, said he witnessed the shooting.

“I saw a man arrive with a bag. He grabbed a weapon and started shooting,” Roenneberg told NRK. “At first I thought it was an air pistol. Then the glass of the bar next door broke and I realized I had to take cover.”

Norway experienced one of the worst mass shootings in Europe in 2011, when a right-wing extremist killed 69 people on the island of Utoya after detonating a bomb in Oslo, killing eight.

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