Sarkis Younan, a 24-year-old student, was watching the Netflix series Squid Game when a man walked into the Coop-Extra supermarket next to his house in Kongsberg, Norway and killed five people
A witness to the bow and arrow rampage in Norway was watching Squid Game at the time, thinking the disturbing sounds of the unfolding scene were on TV.
Police arrested a male suspect in the southeastern mining town of Kongsberg on Wednesday evening, five people were confirmed dead and several others were injured.
Witnesses described how he opened fire in a Coop Extra store, with the first emergency calls being made shortly before 6.15 p.m. local time.
Sarkis Younan, who lives next to the supermarket, told the local media, “I was sitting watching Squid Game when I suddenly saw and heard sirens.
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“I thought it was on the TV series. All of a sudden I heard the police scream like hell, ‘Put your gun down!'”
The 24-year-old student said police entered the store while other armed officers warned residents not to stay inside.
Police confirmed that one suspect was arrested following the incident and is believed to have acted alone.
A terrorist investigation has been launched.
The man is said to have been involved in a confrontation with the police at the scene and tried to escape before he was arrested – just over 30 minutes after the officers were first alerted at 6.13 p.m.
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A responding officer was reportedly shot in the back with an arrow.
At least eight ambulances and three ambulances were sighted on site.
Oslo University Hospital was on standby to take in the victims.
Mayor Kari Anne Sand described the incident as “cruel”.
She added that the attack area is Vestiden and has apartments, shops and a university campus.
In an interview with the VG newspaper, she said: “It is a tragedy for all concerned. I’m lost for words.
“This is a shocking event that we didn’t think could happen in Norway. ‘”
Squid Game is a South Korean survival drama television series released earlier this month.
Written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, it is about characters who fight to the death to win huge cash prizes.