Investigation continues into shooting at Ås

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UPDATED: Police were continuing their search for a gunman who shot a 66-year-old man in the back near the train station in Ås, south of Oslo, Wednesday evening.  They had few leads and no suspects as of Friday morning.

The victim  was rushed by air ambulance to Oslo University Hospital Ullevål where his condition was described as serious. He underwent surgery during the night and doctors later upgraded his condition to stable.

He was alone when he was shot at about 9pm and police said it was “sheer luck” that he wasn’t killed. The man has long been active in local politics, reported news bureau NTB, but police said they had no clear motive for the shooting. A police spokesman think he was the victim of a random shooting.

He lives near the station and managed to get home, where his wife called police.

Police were seeking tips from the public and said it was important that any witnesses contact them. They were interested in hearing from anyone who was in the station area between 8:30pm and 9pm Wednesday.

Ås is home to Norway’s university specializing in agriculture and environmental issues, and many students live there. Many other residents commute to jobs in the Oslo area.

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