On day 24 of the trial of Anders Behring Brevik the court heard testimony from five survivors of the shootings on Utøya. Amongst them was Einar Bardal (16), one of the youngest witnesses to testify against the Norwegian mass murderer.
Multiple projectile fragments struck Einar Bardal when one of Breivik's bullets hit a rock just beside where he was hiding. He had 150 metal fragments removed from his face alone.
Bardal told the court that he had been sitting in the large hall in the café building when a crowd of people came running in.
“I went out, and saw a dead woman lying on the ground. That's when I understood that something was wrong,” he explained.
He fled with a group of other people towards the pump house, and then rang home. “I ring Mum and say that there's someone shooting on Utøya; that we can swim if we have to. And that I love her. A short conversation... She told me they were on their way, but I told them not to come.”
The group heard someone say that Breivik was approaching, and went on, following the water's edge from the pump house out towards the island's southwestern corner.
Suddenly Bardal heard a loud ringing noise in his head and felt blood dripping from his face. “I got up on my knees and shouted, 'I've been shot,' and told someone to tell my mum that I love her,” he told the court.
When Breivik was finally in custody, Bardal was flown by air ambulance to Ullevål hospital, where he was reunited with his mother and stepfather. The splinters in his face were removed, but he still has bullet fragments in his lower body to this day. “The doctors say I won't notice them. Physically I'm fine, and I'm not aware of any damage.”
Bardal was asked how his schoolwork was going. “I haven't really been able to concentrate on school. I feel I have to know as much as possible about the trial,” he told the court.
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