A man in his 20s suddenly started shooting with a revolver at buildings around Stortorvet, one of Oslo’s central squares, on Sunday morning. Police launched a massive response and managed to apprehend him before anyone was wounded.
“He was screaming and started heading towards Domkirken (Oslo’s cathedral, which is located on the square),” one witness told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). When police arrived the man refused to give up his weapon, and was eventually apprehended by officers from Norway’s special forces trained to handle terrorist or hostage situations.
Police later said the man appeared “confused,” while blood tests eventually showed he was under the influence of drugs. It proved impossible to question him Sunday afternoon. He was being held at Oslo’s local emergency clinic, also for treatment of injuries he sustained himself. No one else was injured during the incident.
The man is a Norwegian citizen and has a criminal record. “We have no indications he had any accomplices or that he had any motive tied to terror,” Rune Hekkelstrand, operations leader for the Oslo Police District, told NRK.