On day 21 of Anders Behring Breivik trial, Oslo District Court heard testimony from five witnesses to the Utøya massacre, Monday. Four of them survived bullet wounds, while 22-year-old Renate Tårnes managed to avoid injury by hiding in a toilet in the café building.
Renate was standing outside the café building and saw Breivik shoot two people dead in front of her. She ran inside when he lifted his gun towards her, and with another girl managed to get to the toilet.
“We slammed the door shut, and just then the first shots started in the little hall. Then I lose time for a while... We could hear him moving around the cafe building. After a while it went quiet.”
She heard cries of “help!” and “Police!”, then further shots, then silence.
“As we sat on the toilets there were cries the whole time the shooting went on. Then it was disturbingly quiet after the shots had stopped. Then we just heard mobile phones ringing.”
She and the other girl lay on the floor, and tried to call the police several times. They heard shots coming from further away around the island, but did not dare emerge from their hiding place.
After several attempts to ring the police, she got through herself at 17.26. “There's complete panic here,” she is recorded as saying.
Tårnes told the court, “We stayed lying there. I sent a couple of messages to family and friends, tried to let people know. I was there right up till about eight o'clock. There was a lot of activity in the café building again, lots of people shouting. I heard “Police” and “join us”, and thought we can go out now.”
“How have things been since then?” asked state prosecutor Svein Holden.
“I have lost a lot of my best friends. I lost my boyfriend. Some of the plans I had have disappeared. But there are lots of good people around me who make sure there are good days too,” she replied.
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