A 37-year-old Danish citizen was arrested after five people were killed and two others injured in an archery attack in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg, police said.
The suspect lived in the town and was transported to the nearby town of Drammen on Wednesday evening, police said in a declaration issued early Thursday.
The police were questioning the suspect and he was speaking, his defense lawyer said. "He is cooperating and making detailed statements regarding this event," his lawyer, Fredrik Neumann, told the NRK public broadcaster.
Neumann said his client was "deeply affected " and would be remanded in custody later Thursday. He declined to comment more than say the suspect's mother was Danish , but it was not known if he had lived there before.
Øyvind Aas, the police chief in Kongsberg, about 70 km southwest of the capital, Oslo, said at a press conference earlier on Wednesday evening that the alleged attacker had been arrested and "according to our information, is the only person involved ".
Aas said there was "A confrontation" between the officers and the attacker, but he did not specify. Two people were in intensive care, including a police officer on leave.
Aas declined to comment news articles according to which a policeman was shot in the back. He said that the attacks took place over "a large part " of the city and that several crime scenes were involved.
The Prime Minister by interim Erna Solberg called reports of the attack "horrific " et stated that it was too early to speculate on the human motive.
"I understand that many people are afraid, but it is important to stress that the police are now in control, "she told a press conference.
Prime Minister-designate Jonas Gahr Støre, who is due to take office on Thursday, called the assault "a cruel and brutal act " in comments to the Norwegian NTB news agency.
The motive of the alleged attacker was not yet clear, Aas said, but police were not ruling out terrorism. “One person carried out these actions alone,” he said. “It is natural to wonder if this is an act of terrorism. But the man has not been questioned and it is too early to draw a conclusion. "
NRK said Police in Kongsberg, a municipality of around 28,000 people, received reports at 6:13 p.m. local time that a man was walking through the city center shooting with bow and arrows.
A woman who witnessed part of the attack, Hansine, told TV2 that she had heard a disturbance, then saw a woman take cover and "a man standing in the corner with arrows in a quiver over his shoulder and a bow in his hand ".
"Afterwards, I saw people running for their lives. One of them was a woman holding a child by the hand, "she said.
A " large number " "police, along with helicopters, dogs and an armed response. The teams secured the area shortly after, Aas said, and the suspect was arrested about 30 minutes later after a brief confrontation with police officers.ts.
The shooting appears to have started in or near a downtown Coop store where there were several casualties, Norwegian media reported, citing regional government officials who said details were "still very unclear ".
Coop spokesperson Harald Kristiansen told NRK that there was "a serious incident at our store " but that " 'no employee was among the injured. "We are helping our colleagues and helping the police in their investigation " he said.
"Many resources were sent from several places including the Oslo Police District, Bomb Squad, National Police and Emergency Response Teams, "Aas told reporters." There is still a lot of activity. police officers in the area. They secure the various crime scenes ... and have many witnesses to question. "
A woman, who lived near the Coop store, said she heard alarms as she walked home. "I saw a group of policemen, including one with several arrows in his hand," the woman, Marit Hoefle, told Aftenposten newspaper.
Kari Anne Sand, The Mayor of Kongsberg told VG newspaper that the attack was" a tragedy for everyone involved. I have no words ". Sand said a crisis team has been set up in a hotel to support those affected. " We are doing everything we can, "she said. added. "At the moment the situation is chaotic and there are a lot of rumors.
Shortly after the attack, the leadership of Norwegian National Police said they ordered officers across the country to carry firearms. Norwegian police are not normally armed, but officers have access to weaponsfire and guns if needed.
"This is an added precaution. Police so far have no indication of a change in the national threat level, "management said in a statement.
Agence France-Presse and Reuters contributed to this report