It was a gloomy first full day in the office for Norway’s new Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre as he visited the closely-knit former mining town of Kongsberg – which was torn apart by a bow and arrow attack that killed five people.
“This is a shocking event,” he said. “And it was shocking for people from north to south, from east to west, and as Prime Minister I wanted to tell the authorities of Kongsberg, but also the people of Kongsberg, that we are sticking together.”
The suspect arrested at the scene was a resident with a history of mental illness – police described him as having recently converted to Islam.
“He is tired and insane, so we can no longer question him,” said Police Commissioner Per Thomas Omholt. “So he is in an institution with the police and he is safe in there and cannot leave the institution.”
I am totally broken. I can not say more about that. I’ll never get over that.
Friend of two victims
The shootings began in a supermarket and continued in the streets and houses of a quiet residential area – where friends of the victims have difficulty coping with the horror they have experienced.
“Now I’m totally torn to pieces,” said retiree Svean Westad, a friend of two of the victims. “I can’t say more about that. I’ll never get over that.”
The suspect was known to local residents who described him as a loner who bowed his head and put on the headphones.