Horror in Norway: 80 Dead in Camp Shooting
One suspect believed to be behind the Oslo bombing and Utoya shootings
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 22, 2011 9:45 PM CDT
   (P. Holm)

(Newser) – A homegrown terrorist set off a deadly explosion in downtown Oslo before heading to a summer camp dressed as a police officer to commit one of the deadliest shooting sprees in history, killing at least 80 people as terrified youths ran and even swam for their lives, police said today. Police initially said about 10 were killed at the forested camp on the island of Utoya. "It's taken time to search the area. What we know now is that we can say that there are at least 80 killed at Utoya," says the police director. "It goes without saying that this gives dimensions to this incident that are exceptional."

A suspect in the shootings, and the Oslo explosion that killed seven people, was arrested. Though police did not release his name, Norwegian national broadcaster NRK identified him as 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik. A police official said the suspect appears to have acted alone in both attacks, and that "it seems like that this is not linked to any international terrorist organizations at all." One survivor said the suspect, dressed as a fake police officer, ordered people to come closer, then pulled weapons and ammunition from a bag and started shooting.

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Jul 23, 2011 7:49 PM CDT
They need to dissect this guy's brain. Sick.
Jul 23, 2011 4:31 PM CDT
Allowing designated people to carry a concealed weapon is in our public interest. Not just anyone. People that have been psychologically screened, and instructed how to safely use the firearm, and when the use of deadly force is legal. These mass shootings by these nut cases is like shooting fish in a barrel, they have nothing to fear, they know they are the only person armed. In these type crimes if some responsible person is armed then there is a resonable chance they can do something to stop the killing.
Jul 23, 2011 2:17 PM CDT
It was because he was allowed to have a gun. BAN GUNS! - no wait lots of people have guns and don't do this...It was because he lived alone at his mom's house. INVESTIGATE EVERYONE WHO IS OVER 30 AND STILL LIVES WITH THEIR PARENTS!- no wait lots of people go back and live at their parents house and don't do this...It was because he was mentally ill. LOCK UP ALL THE MENTALLY ILL! - No again. We just have to face the facts that sometimes the perfect storm of anti social personality, available weapons, political/religious ideology, and lack of social contact combine to produce individuals like this and the only way we are guaranteed to stop them is to give up so many of our civil liberties as to make civilized living untenable. This is very sad and scary, but we have to trust our fellow citizens and hope something like this can be caught in time.