Police in Oslo, Norway have taken a gunman into custody after he allegedly killed 2 and injured 21 people in a gay nightclub early Saturday morning.
According to the Daily Caller:
The shooting occurred at the London Pub, a popular gay bar, hours before a city-wide celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the legalization of homosexuality in Norway months before, according to The Wall Street Journal. Oslo police announced in a statement they were investigating the incident as terrorism.
“There is reason to think that this is about hate crime. That is one of the hypotheses,” said prosecutor Christian Hatlo, according to The Local.
The Police Security Service, Norway’s national security policy body, later said at a press conference it considered the shooting an incident of terrorism motivated by Islamic extremism, Reuters reported.
Police identified the man as a 42-year old Norwegian citizen of Iranian descent, The Local reported. Police said they had encountered the suspect before.
Police said the weapons used were unregistered. The country requires all potential gun owners to disclose an officially documented use for their firearm and strictly regulates ownership licenses. It also has strict laws on the proper storage of firearms.