The man accused of using a bow and arrow to kill five people and injure three others in an attack in Norway last week may have used additional “stabbing weapons”, police say.
Police Inspector Per Thomas Omholt said it was likely that the suspect, Espen Andersen Braathen, first used arrows to wound his victims and then killed them by stabbing them with an unspecified weapon during the attack on Wednesday in Kongsberg.
“Regarding the weapons, we previously said that a bow and arrows had been used,” Omholt told reporters on Monday. “Other weapons that have been used are stab weapons. We don’t want to come out with what type of stab weapons were used as not all witnesses at the scene have yet been interviewed.”
Andersen Braathen, a 37-year-old Danish citizen, confessed to the murders and was initially charged with five murders. Omholt, however, said the list of charges would be lengthened as the investigation progressed.
Norwegian police have identified the four female victims as Andrea Meyer, 52; Hanne Englund, 56 years old; Liv Berit Borge, 75; and Gun Marith Madsen, 78. The male victim was Gunnar Erling Sauve, 75. Meyer is originally from Germany and moved to Norway several years ago.
“So far, everything indicates that these victims were chosen at random,” Omholt said, adding that the police had interviewed around 60 witnesses.
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The regional police department received reports on Wednesday evening of a man shooting arrows at the Coop Extra supermarket in central Kongsberg, a sleepy town of about 26,000 residents.
An unarmed police patrol spotted the suspect in the supermarket and Andersen Braathen shot them with several arrows before fleeing. One of the injured was a policeman on leave inside the supermarket. The patrol called for reinforcements and armed police apprehended the suspect, but not before the victims were killed, police said.
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The Norwegian domestic intelligence agency has called for an independent investigation into the police delay in capturing Andersen Braathen amid criticism that the police response was too slow.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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