Three shot in Sandefjord

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Norway’s former whaling capital of Sandefjord was the scene of a shooting Friday in the city’s main park near the waterfront and the venerable Park Hotel. Two of the victims were in critical condition.

Police were still searching Friday afternoon for the assailant, who shot three persons at Badeparken in Sandefjord, not far from the Color Line ferry terminal. Police don’t think the victims were shot at random, reported Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

Police were called to the scene just before 11am. Two men and one woman had been shot after what witnesses said was an apparent quarrel with another man believed to be in his 60s or older. The park is popular and there’s a school nearby, but the area also reportedly can be a gathering place for drug addicts.

The principal at the school, Byskolen i Sandefjord, kept all its young students indoors with doors locked while police searched the area. Helicopters also were brought in to aid the search and rush the shooting victims to hospital.

Police said they had a good description of the gunman and did not believe he would harm others. The school reopened just before 2pm.

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