The gunman had 1.5 hours alone on the island with the 600 kids (age 13-18) and managed to kill about 90 of them. The rest managed to hide or swam away. He had multiple guns. Wearing police clothes he fooled the kids into believing he was there to help them and killed them when they approached him. The island is small and corpses were littered along the shores and in the water. Civilians from a nearby camp site came in small boats to help evacuate the kids and had to make terrible choices about whom to bring to safety. Numerous stories of heroism is coming, i.e. kids who swam to land dragging wounded friends, campers who had to lay down in the boat as they approached the shore to save kids while the gunman fired against the boat, heavily wounded kids who refused to be helped by other kids and urged them to save themselves instead.
Norway is in a terrible shock today. We are stunned. Norway is a small country, an open country, a country very vulnerable to such attacks because we have never experienced anything even close to it before. The kids on the island were participating in a political rally, an annual summit for politically interested youth. They were there to discuss our future, to socialise, to enjoy our freedom, our freedom of speech, our religious freedom, our tolerance. They were killed by an enemy from within. How can we protect ourselves from such maniacs in the future? How can we save our kids?
Norway lost it's innocence and is a country in mourning.
Personally I lost no loved ones, but I have been intensely saddened by the event. I have been numbed and shocked. It is hard to describe, this was not just a loss of a huge number of innocent lives, but a loss of a way of living, a loss of safety. I am just happy that the perpetrator was caught alive and that he was not part of any organization. Everybody condemns this atrocity, everybody. This was not a polarizing event, but a uniting event.