Wednesday, October 20

Several killed and injured in Kongsberg. A detained person.


Police are investigating downtown Kongsberg on Wednesday night. One person must have shot with a bow and arrow. Police confirm that several have been killed and injured.

Drammen Hospital is on hold. Police believe the person carried out the killings alone.

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Police Chief Øyvind Aas says that at 18.13 the police received several reports that a person was walking with a weapon, which was a bow and arrow.

– Unfortunately, we can confirm that several are injured and, unfortunately, there are also deaths as a result of the action. The injured have been taken to hospital for treatment, Police Chief Aas said at the press conference that began at 8.30pm.

-We have many witnesses that we will question, and we do not come out with more information at this time, he says.

Aas says a man has been arrested and led to arrest in Drammen.

A man was arrested after several people were injured and killed in Kongsberg.

– We do not leave with age or other information about the aggressor. We need to get back to the details of that, because we are in an early phase of the investigation, he says.

Aas won’t say anything about the age of the wounded and dead either.

– We do this appropriately, especially with relatives and those closest to us, which unfortunately applies, he says.

Much of downtown Kongsberg is blocked by police on Wednesday night.

Unclear reason

Aas was asked if the police described this as a terrorist attack.

– Time will tell what kind of reason there has been for this action, he replied.

According to the police, the assailant has moved to a large area.

– We work to get traces in these places where criminal acts have occurred, in order to obtain as much information as possible about what happened, says Aas.

The entire southeastern police district is involved in the investigation.

Vestre Viken press contact Ole Jonny Karlstrøm tells Aftenposten that Drammen hospital is on hold.

– We are working to get an overview of the situation.

A new press conference will be held at 10:00 p.m.

On Wednesday night, the police are conducting various investigations in the Kongsberg center.

Searching through garages and backyards

Kongsberg resident Marit Hoefle tells NTB that 21st century police are watching with flashlights in backyards and garages in the city center.

Hoefle says there has been a lot of activity during the night and many police officers have been in and out of one of his neighboring houses.

– There are many policemen dressed in black walking around here. There have also been police who have knocked on our door and asked us if we are okay, he says.

Eight ambulances, three ambulance helicopters

Ullevål Hospital OUS has established an emergency medical communications coordinating center in Health South-East at the request of Drammen Hospital in Vestre Viken.

– This is focused on helping Vestre Viken with resources, says press officer Anders Bayer. – We are currently providing eight ambulances and coordinating three air ambulances in the area, he says.

– So far, we have not been informed of any patients in Oslo. But the OUS emergency room is closely monitoring developments to help Vestre Viken when needed.

The municipality has established crisis staff and is closely monitoring the situation, says Mayor Kari Anne Sand.

A policeman searches the center of Kongsberg with a police dog.

– It is a tragedy for all those affected. I have no words, says sand VG.

The crisis team is on the move and is trying to help as needs arise, Sand reports to the newspaper.

– We try to solve the situation and take care of those affected in different ways.

According to Laagendalsposten var the entire west side of the city is evacuated and Nybrua is closed. Laagendalsposten also writes that the entire area around the old prison and Nytorget in the center of Kongsberg was cordoned off.

Laagendalsposten also writes that a witness saw the perpetrator running in Hyttegata with the police behind him and that he must have been shot. The witness also saw an injured woman at the intersection and calling for help. Several are described as seriously injured.

The newspaper further writes that the police action continues in full force. The emergency brigade must also be on site.

– We are in close dialogue with the ordinary police, says PST senior adviser Martin Bernsen to VG on Wednesday night.

Bernsen tells Aftenposten that he cannot say anything more about why the PST is involved.

– We help with national assistance resources such as police helicopters, bomb squads and teams from the Emergency Response Troop, says press officer Unni Grøndal in the Oslo police district for NRK.

An arrow is found on a wall at Peckels Gate

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– We are in close dialogue with the ordinary police, says PST senior adviser Martin Bernsen to VG on Wednesday night.

Bernsen tells Aftenposten that he cannot say anything more about why the PST is involved.

– We help with national assistance resources such as police helicopters, bomb squads and teams from the Emergency Response Troop, says press officer Unni Grøndal in the Oslo police district for NRK.

– Quite a terrifying experience

One of the residents of Hyttegata, where the police action is taking place, tells Aftenposten that there was a lot of screaming and noise in the street.

– The police came to the door and asked if we were injured, and said the perpetrator had been kidnapped, he says.

– The whole building shook due to a helicopter. Quite a terrifying experience.


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