Locals With Norwegian Roots Shocked By Massacre

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — More than 90 people are dead, and some are still missing, after a bombing in the Norwegian capital of Oslo and a shooting at a youth camp Friday.

Police arrested 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik on preliminary charges in the shooting and bombing.

Police say he dressed as a policeman and went on a hour and a half shooting rampage at a Labour Party youth camp, which was being held on an island.

Survivors of the attack say they were terrified. Many ran through the woods, looking for a place to hide as the sound of gunshots rang out. Some even swam away to safety.

“It was chaos,” one survivor said. “And we started running, and there were a lot of us. Some barricaded themselves inside the building, and we continued running to the shore. We heard rounds getting fired all the time, and we weren’t really sure where to go.”

Hours earlier, a car bomb went off near government buildings in Oslo.

A farm supply company said Breivik had bought six tons of fertilizer 10 weeks ago. Authorities think that he used to the fertilizer to make the bomb.

Breivik is described as a right-leaning Christian fundamentalist who is upset with Norway’s coalition government.

Police are looking into the possibility a second man may have been involved.
Another man was arrested after he was spotted carrying a knife at a hotel where the Norwegian Prime Minister was scheduled to meet with victims of the families.

The news in Norway hits close to home, as Minnesota has one of the largest populations of people of Norwegian descent in the world. More than 900,000 Minnesotans are of Norwegian descent.

Pastor Kristin Sundt, of the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis, said that the tragedy gave her a feeling of unbelief.

“You don’t think anything like that can happen in Norway, so it was hard to fathom,” she said.

She doesn’t know much about the man police have in custody, but she does know the violence will forever change the country where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded every year.

“In some ways it will change society,” Sundt said. “Norway is peaceful and has low levels of security, and that will have to change.”

Eivind Heiberg, the CEO of Sons Of Norway, a fraternal insurance company based in Minneapolis, said that this has been the worst tragedy in Norway since WWII.

“The shooting is already being compared to 9/11,” Heiberg said.

Heiberg was born and raised in Norway, and his parents and siblings still live there.

“We also have about 1,500 members [of Sons of Norway] in Norway,” Heiberg said. “At this point we don’t think anyone is affected, but it’s still too early to tell.”

As Norwegian authorities search for those still missing around the island, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said her visit to out-state Minnesota yesterday went from political to one of concern for Minnesotans with strong Norwegian ties.

“They talked about all the kids on the island,” Klobuchar said. “When you looked around and saw other kids, their kids, who looked like they could be from Norway, you realized this hits very close to home.”

Sundt said there will be a service of remembrance at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis Sunday morning.

The service will begin at 11:00 and anyone is welcome to attend.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports

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  • curly_racks

    Gotta love right wing conservative nut jobs. Let him burn in hell.

    • See BS

      Left Wingers have a much bigger criminal record in the United States. 260 Acts of violence including bombings linked to Bill Ayers “Weather Underground.” during the 60’s and 70’s. College kids arrested making bombs at the RNC in St Paul 2008

      Lincoln, JFK, Ford, and Reagan were all shot by “Left Wingers” MLK was shot by a Democrat.

      • Hear BS

        Say what? The 2008 DMC concert was in Chicago dummy.

        • Steve

          You need to read “Blinded by the Right”

    • Michele

      What is with all the name-calling on this board? This person killed people for his own crazed agenda, and I don’t really think it matters what names he called himself, or what groups he tried to align himself with. Christianity, real Christianity, is about love and compassion and forgiveness. He obviously lacked those values. Islam, real Islam, is about the same. Same fanaticism, different labels.

      If you DON’T want to be like this guy, try looking at the labels you’re all slinging at each other. Calling people names distances you from humanity. This is not a healthy or a good thing.

      I think that I’m going to stop reading these messages. Negativity is not good for the soul.

  • Dale Gribble

    He was not a conservative or a Christian. His actions and beliefs do not reflect Christian or conservative values. The PC media are denying the fact that he us a typical liberal, just like Hitler or Dayton. So-called Right Wing in Europe is really Left.

    • teach

      That’s so far off the reality trail, Dale! Christians are not without fault nor are conservatives when it comes to killing. Hitler was a Nazi, a right wing organization… Read some History, don’t make it up!

      • Dale Gribble

        Hitler’s party was the National SOCIALIST Party. Socialist = left-wing liberals. He stood for more government control, higher taxes, atheism and tyranny, just like the DFL. Modern PC media denies the truth.

        • Double dribble

          Say what?

        • teach

          BS, you definitely don’t understand what liberals stand for. Hitler’s Nazi Party exterminated first what they felt were the undesirables because they were a drag on ‘the economy’ of Germany. The destitute, those with disabilities, and those who were considered genetically inferior. That’s not left-wing Socialism! Hitler used the german people to build a military machine for the conquest of Europe. He robbed from the poor and those he considered inferior to give to the rich who helped him build that machine. He did all of that by lying to the german people about what he stood for. “A little knowlege is a dangerous thing”…You need to learn more.

      • See BS

        Europe has always been much farther left wing than the USA. Sweden, Norway and Finland all have large communist parties, and Union Parties are right wing to the communists.

  • See BS

    Look up the film “Triumph of the Will” on Youtube, if you want to see Nazis brag about their Government Union Workers.

    “National Socialist German Worker Party” and the “German Labour Front” are a Union thing.

    Nazis = Union Thugs

    • teach

      Tsk tsk…BS, Hitler was lying through his teeth. Watch the whole film, and the whole series on the rise and fall of the Third Reich. He lied about what he was doing to the Jewish people also. Also, learn about the rise of the Neo-Nazi Party in the US…most definitely extreme right wing. The term Socialist was used as a National rallying cry by the Party, but they were nothing like Russia, which was extreme left wing. You too should read and learn about History. Start with “Western Civilization”…

      • See BS

        Right Wing in the United States has the most civil rights accomplishments in our nations history. What’s your point?

        No reason for Americans to feel guilty about the Nazis — American Christians and US Corporations liberated Europe from the “National Socialist German Worker Party”

        Christianity kicked Nazi Butt (with the help of Corporate innovation)

        • Historic

          “We, the people, in order to form a more perfect Union….”

        • A Man Called Horse

          “Right Wing in the United States has the most civil rights accomplishments in our nations history.”

          Uhhh – Lyndon B. Johnson

  • learn

    Just a note to those who claim Christian beliefs are behind their conservative values. Jesus Christ was the champion of the poor, not the wealthy. “what you do to the least of my children you do to me!” to paraphrase his message to the world. Do you remember Palm Sunday? About how he felt about the money changers?

  • jan

    When I first heard the news I thought it was probably some muslim terrorist. It just shows you that there white goofballs as well. This gjuy was absolutely nuts. You wonder how people get that way

    • MIke

      Listening to FOX news, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, Pat Roberson. The list goes on and on…………..

  • Ganbrinus

    I wonder why it took the police so long to get to the island by boat. One report said they got there 45″ after the shooting started and wounded the shooter 45 minutes later. Another report said he shot for two hours. Why weren’t police or military snipers brought in by helicopter or parachuted in more promptly? This is a tragedy but a bit of incompetence on the part of government sees to be part of the tragedy.

  • Kevin

    Just a conservative who was tired of lossing his country…..diversity……Eurabia………there is a huge diversity issue in Europe……..go to Youtube and search Europe race issues……blow your mind….

    • Karl

      Can I come to your next Klan meeting, Kevin?

  • Geo

    2 Timothy 3:1-5 should sum it up….This wing that wing..They were all Humans……..

  • Sven and Ole

    Next up- profiling blond haired, blue eyed of Scandinavian descent at airports.

    • A Man Called Horse

      Why? Have they discovered a terrorist cell or found a Scandinavian terrorist organization plans to use airports for delivering mass destruction?

      The answer is no. Your comment is dismissed.

  • Blue Swede

    Pretty sure the Nobel Prize is awarded in SWEDEN.

    • citizen

      The peace prize is decided by 5 members appointed by the Norwegian Storting “The Norwegian Nobel Committee (Den Norske Nobelkomite), Oslo. . The other prizes are decided by various Swedish panels. That is what was written in Alfred Nobel’s last will and testament. As far as the dispicable acts that were committed in Norway, no one group has the market cornered on acts of violence. Right or left wing nut-jobs are just labels – they are just nut-jobs period. That has been evident throughout history and we are much poorer as a people for that.

  • Sam

    “Minnesotans With Norwegian Roots Shocked By Massacre”

    Typical asinine headline.

    FYI: Minnesotans with NO Norwegian Roots are also Shocked By the Massacre

  • Common Man

    It is so completly wrong to refer to such a thing as a “right-leaning Christian fundamentalist” or even something like a “left-leaning Liberal fundamentalist” or any other words that discribe human people. The thing that did this is not part of the human race. That’s right… this is a sub-human with no soul and should be treated as such. God did not make this thing, it is a non-person born out of some kind of pure evilness.

    • MIke

      Sorry Common Man, if your going to use terms that describe all Muslims and use a big brush to do it, it’s fair to say he was a right wing, Christian conservative.

  • Tragic

    I am deeply sadden for the senseless loss of life in Norway. But I think it is time for them to come into the twenty first century. There is evil and violent out there and now they know there not immune. But, I doubt if things will change. The police themselves and a country as a whole is to blame for this carnage. Over one hour to get to the shooting site is unforgivable. Sooner reaction could have saved lives.

  • Mr. Fister

    The four scariest words in the world: Right-Wing Christian Fundamentalist.

    • Sam

      Really? You find those words the scariest?

      You should read some newspapers.

    • Fred Garvin

      if thats scariest to you i suggest you stay in the suburbs, cookie. I could show you scary in my area. pathetic.

  • Peter Nickitas

    “Reax”? Did one of your writers or editors substitute these four letters for the word “reacts” in the story headline? Reax is not a word. What a horrible example for our students who look to the Internet, news media, etc. for guidance on how to express themselves via stories, both online and in writing. Shame on you, WCCO!

    • Barb

      THANK YOU, PETER! Come on, WCCO. This is a tragic human story, not some 7th-grade text message.

  • Kevin

    Ain’t diversity grand!

    • William Luther Pierce

      KKK = Kevin’s Klux Klan

  • Jesus Gonzales

    I love how conservatives are backpedaling on this one….
    “he doesn’t represent the Christian religion”
    “he is not one of us”
    “he acted on his own”
    “he is a loner”

    Insert a different non-Christian religion and poof…. it all goes away and the act of one man become the act done on behalf of a whole religion.


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