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No arrests in random shooting

Police in Oslo were in the midst of a major manhunt on Monday, after a 35-year-old man was shot in the head at close range and killed on a street near Bislett Stadium after leaving a bar late Saturday night. Police still think he was a random victim.

Shocked witnesses said the man, who hadn’t been identified by Monday morning at the request of his family, had left the popular neighborhood bar Store Stå around 1am with a few friends and apparently tried to hail what he thought was a pirate taxi on the street called Pilestredet.

The victim reportedly posed a question that angered the driver of the car. The group walked off but a car later drove up behind them and the 35-year-old was shot in the head. He was rushed to Oslo University Hospital Ullevål but died from his injuries.

Random shootings in Oslo are extremely rare, but police said they had “no reason to believe the assailant and victim knew each other or had any relation before the shooting drama.”

Police told reporters on Sunday that they were looking for two cars believed to be involved in the incident. The assailant was described as a man between 20 and 30 years old with Asian features and long black hair pulled back off his face. One car was described as a burgundy-colored sedan, possibly a Toyota or Hyundai, while the other car had a light color, also a sedan.

Police were giving the investigation high priority and said they already had collected interesting tips and video from nearby surveillance cameras. They also were looking for someone believed to have been seen filming or taking photos in the area before the shooting near a taxi stand at Pilestredet 73.

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