Shooting in Norway hospital: Man arrested

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Police investigate the cause of Saturday night's disturbance at Stavanger University hospital. Photo: NTB scanpix
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A man walked into a hospital in South Norway and fired a handgun before he was over-powered by hospital staff on Saturday night.

The 35-year-old man fired a single shot from his weapon on entering Stavanger University hospital at around 6pm on Saturday evening.

Rogaland police said they received a call at 6.43pm on Saturday evening. The man was in possession of a handgun when he was arrested in the reception of the emergency department of the hospital. Nobody was harmed in the incident and police believe it was a plea for help from the man.

Police chief Sveinung Ihle said to NTB, following the incident: “The arrested man has not yet been questioned, but there is one aspect indicating that this shooting was a cry for help. The man believes he has the right to health care.”

The shot was fired in the public waiting area of the emergency unit and went straight through the wall under the reception desk. Staff alerted police after the gunshot.

Local police worked late into Sunda morning investigating the case, and police spokesman Britt Randulff said to NTB: “We have, among other things, searched the car driven by the man.”
The arrested man was detained in Stavanger after having first been examined by a doctor. He is known by the police for other crimes and was judged healthy enough to be detained at the police station.
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Following the incident, Caroline Aspelund, communication spokesperson for the hospital, said to Aftenbladet: "Both patients and our staff are taken care of in the best way possible.”

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