The Norway Killer

The Norway Killer

Aiden Lim

On October, 13, 2021, at 18:12, 37-year-old, Espen Andersen Brathen, committed mass homicide by bow-and-arrow, killing 5 people in a Norwegian supermarket on the westside of Kongsberg.

All of his victims were between the ages of 50-70. He waited until the police arrive to begin killing his victims.

A witness said she saw a woman taking cover and in the other corner a man with a bow and a quiver full of arrows. After that, people were running frantically trying to get away from Espen. Police told the Norwegian News Agency that the killer used other weapons other than the bow and arrow (the information of what type of weapons they were were not disclosed).

This was the most deadly attack in Norway since July 2011, during which, on the island of Utoya, 77 people most of whom were children, were murdered by far-rights extremist, Anders Behring Breivik. Espen Andersen Brathen’s defense lawyer, Fredrik Neumann, stated that his client was then taken to the police station where he was interrogated for 3 hours.

Norwegian police are usually unarmed, but after that attack the police directorate ordered all officers to carry firearms as an extra precaution. The intentions of the killer are not known.