The shooting took place at the London Pub, which describes itself on its website as “the largest gay and lesbian venue in Oslo.”
Police received multiple calls about the shooting at 1:14 a.m. local time, and arrived at the scene minutes later. They apprehended a male suspect three minutes after arrival, police said.
There were wounded people on the ground inside and outside the bar when they arrived. “The scene was chaotic, it was a warm evening and a lot of people were outside, so there were people running everywhere,” police told CNN.
Among the eight in hospital, three people are in critical condition. Another 14 victims sustained minor injuries.
The suspect was armed with two weapons during the shooting, police said. They did not confirm what weapons he used due to the pending investigation.
The suspect was taken to the police station. There are currently no other suspects, police told CNN.
In a statement published on Facebook after the shooting, the London Pub condemned the incident as “absolutely awful and pure evil.” The bar said all its employees were safe, and expressed condolences for the victims and their families.