Breivik Trial: Shot Survivor Wrote in Blood

16 May 2012

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A survivor unable to speak after being shot in the face by Anders Behring Breivik has told how he spat out blood and used it to write out his family's telephone number.

Giving evidence at the mass killer's trial in Norway's capital Oslo, Glenn Martin Waldenstrom recounted how Breivik opened fire in a meeting room in a cafe building on Utoya Island, reports Sky News.

Some 69 people lost their lives in a shooting spree there during a summer camp of the country's Labour party youth movement last July.

Waldenstrom, 20, asked that Breivik leave the courtroom and the killer monitored proceedings via monitors in a back room.

Clearly nervous and breathing heavily, Waldenstrom told the trial: "I saw him entering the (meeting) room calmly. He looked me straight in my eyes. He looked confused."

He said he was shot once in the face, adding: "I could not talk so I spat some blood on the floor and wrote my family's telephone number in the blood. Someone called my family."

He also said he heard someone shouting: "Please do not shoot". Waldenstrom was rescued in a boat and then taken by ambulance to a helicopter.

The trial also heard how a teenage girl survived the shootings on Utoya Island after she lay under a dead body.

Ingvild Leren Stensrud, 17, was in the same meeting room when Breivik opened fire, killing seven people inside.

She said she was shot in the shoulder and stayed underneath the body until the firing stopped.

Ms Stensrud told the court that she took a phone from the purse of her dead friend and called her mother.

The girl said: "I did not dare to talk too loud with my mother. I do not think they (her family) understood what was going on. I just had to hang up."

She explained that "mobile phones were ringing everywhere but no-one was picking up".

The victim said there were a number of dead and injured people around her and she was afraid she was going to bleed to death.

Ms Stensrud also claimed she heard Breivik shouting with joy while he was shooting. The killer has denied this allegation.

She said other survivors came out of the toilets and carried her out of the building. Police officers then stopped the bleeding.

The victim also told the trial she still finds it difficult to be among large crowds.

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