Five arrests in random shooting

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Police in Oslo have arrested five persons, both women and men, in connection with the fatal shooting of a 35-year-old man on a street near Bislett Stadium last weekend. Police believe those arrested are part of an organized criminal group and have information about what’s been called a random shooting.

Einar Opsahl of Asker was shot in the head while walking with some friends up the street called Pilestredet in Oslo late Saturday night. He and his friends had just left a neighborhood bar about a block away before his assailant, described as an Asian man with long black hair, drove up in a car behind them and fired at Opsahl.

Police have no firm motive for the murder and believe it stemmed from a “misunderstanding” between Opsahl and his killer after Opsahl had questioned the driver of another car he apparently thought was a pirate taxi. The driver of that car became furious, jumped out of the car and assaulted Opsahl, according to witness accounts reported by VG, before Opsahl walked away. It was the driver of another car who drove up behind the group and shot Opsahl just minutes later, and VG reported that police believe the two drivers are acquainted.

VG Nett reported Wednesday morning that the five persons arrested have not been hit with murder charges but have been questioned about it. “I don’t want to comment on the arrests, but we think we have probed into the right circles,” Grete Lien Metlied of the Oslo Police District told VG.

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