Norwegian police have confirmed that two people have died and several seriously injured after a shooting outside a popular LGBTQI night club in Central Oslo, public broadcaster NRK have said.

At least 19 people are receiving treatment from the health service, including three who are injured seriously. The incident happened ahead of the Pride parade in Oslo on Saturday.

NRK reported that the police have arrested one person from the site of the shooting. The person was reportedly known to the police, who have searched the man’s home but have found no details as to the motive.

The shooting took place at London Pub, which describes itself on its website as “Oslo’s finest gay bar and club”. The venue posted a short message on its Facebook page after the incident: “Tonight’s shooting is absolutely horrific and pure evil. Our thoughts go to the dead, injured and relatives. All employees in London are safe and physically unharmed. Take care of each other during this time.”

An NRK journalist said that they had seen a man arrive at the venue with a bag. “He picked up a gun and started shooting,” the journalist said.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre expressed his condolences to the victims.
In a post on Facebook, he called the shooting “a cruel and deeply shocking attack on innocent people.”
“My thoughts go out to those affected and their relatives. We still don’t know what was behind this horrible act, but to the skewers who are now scared and in grief, I want to say, we all stand with you.”

Developing story. We will update this story as more details come in. 

 

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