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Oslo, Norway residents go to Pride parade after gay bar shooting

Thousands confirmed up to mark Oslo’s Pride parade Saturday even after it had been formally canceled following a gunman killing two and wounding 21 at a gay membership within the metropolis hours earlier.

“This is for many a silent parade, but for others it’s a protest against two people being shot and killed on Saturday,” Ole Johannes M. Foss instructed Aftenposten. “It’s very powerful to be here. We see people crying next to us. We are here in pure solidarity with the whole movement. I am very shocked that something like this can happen in Norway in 2022.”

Frightened clubgoers on the London Pub hid in a basement and frantically referred to as their kinfolk early Saturday as a gunman opened fireplace upstairs on the eve of he metropolis’s annual Pride parade.

The unidentified gunman, described as a Norwegian citizen of Iranian descent, shot folks inside and out of doors the pub, a mainstay of Oslo’s LGBTQ scene, in addition to within the surrounding streets and at one other bar. Cops stated he acted alone.

Flowers are left as a spontaneous Pride parade arrives at the scene of the shooting in central Oslo.
Flowers are left as a spontaneous Pride parade arrives on the scene of the shooting in central Oslo.
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Flowers and rainbow flags are left along the street near the restaurant where the shooting took place.
Flowers and rainbow flags are left alongside the road close to the restaurant the place the shooting came about.
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The suspect was identified to home intelligence providers and had a rap sheet for infractions like knife and drug possession, police stated at a press convention Saturday. He was arrested minutes after opening fireplace, police stated. Two weapons, together with a totally computerized gun, had been retrieved from the crime scene, they added.

“We’re coming back to London! The fight continues!” a participant at Saturday’s celebration instructed Aftenposten.

Bili Blum-Jansen, who was within the London Pub, instructed an area TV outlet that he ran to the basement to escape the gunfire and hid there together with 80 to 100 different folks.”Many referred to as their companions and household, it felt virtually as in the event that they had been saying goodbye. Others helped relax those that had been extraordinarily terrified,” Blum-Jansen instructed TV2.

Revelers at the spontaneous Pride parade.
Revelers attend the spontaneous Pride parade.
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Police officers stand on patrol in central Oslo, near the scene of the shooting.
Police officers stand on patrol in central Oslo, close to the scene of the shooting.
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“I had a bit of panic and thought that if the shooter or shooters were to arrive, we’d all be dead. There was no way out.”

“Tonight’s shooting is absolutely horrific and pure evil,” the membership announced on Facebook. Our ideas go to the lifeless, injured and kinfolk. All staff in London are protected and bodily unhurt. Take care of one another throughout this time.”

Police spokesman Tore Barstad stated the motive was not instantly identified and that it wasn’t clear whether or not the shooting had any connection to the Pride parade.

People react next to the cordoned-off crime scene.
The shooting was described as “horrific and pure evil.”
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