At least two dead in Pride Month attack on a gay bar in Oslo, Norway

At least two people have been killed and at least 21 injured in a rare mass shooting in Norway after a Norwegian national of Iranian origin shot at a gay bar in Oslo. The city’s Pride march, scheduled for Saturday, was canceled on police advice after the shooting. According to the Norwegian broadcaster NRK, eight of the injured are in a serious to life-threatening condition in hospitals.

A police spokesman said it was unclear if the shooting was linked to Pride events leading up to Saturday’s parade. “The police are in contact with the organizers of the Pride event this Saturday,” spokesman Tore Barstad said.

Filming began around 1am local time at the London Pub, which bills itself on its website as “the biggest gay and lesbian venue in Oslo”. The shooter then moved into the neighboring jazz club Herr Nilsen and fired random rounds at a takeaway on the same street. “The scene was chaotic, it was a warm evening and there were a lot of people outside so people were running all over the place,” a police officer told CNN.

Bili Blum-Jansen, who was at the London pub, reportedly said he hid in the basement with 80 to 100 other people to escape the gunfire.

“Many called their partners and family, it almost felt like they were saying goodbye. Others helped calm those who were extremely scared,” he told TV2. “I panicked a bit and thought that if the shooter or shooters arrived, we would all be dead. There was no way out.”

People hug near the police line after a shooting at the London Pub, a popular gay bar and nightclub in central Oslo, Norway.

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Police in Norway are treating the hate crime as a terrorist attack. Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere called the shooting “a terrible and deeply shocking attack on innocent people”.

Several of the injured were hit by flying glass splinters caused by the gunfire. Witnesses told local media that the gunman, carrying a bag from which he pulled a gun, entered the popular bar and started shooting. Police arrested the shooter and confiscated at least two weapons.

Police later said the suspect was known to police and was charged with terrorism, murder and attempted murder. His name was not published.

Oslo Pride issued a statement on their Facebook page canceling the parade and asking everyone who had planned to attend or see the parade not to attend. “We are shocked and saddened by the tragic incident and are following it closely,” the group said in a Facebook statement. “Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.”

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