Police in Oslo sought and were receiving tips from witnesses to an execution-style murder of a 40-year-old man in the capital’s Lindeberg district over the weekend.The victim had himself been convicted of shooting three other men in 1996.
None of his victims died, and he was sentenced to eight years in prison for pre-meditated attempted murder. Police were investigating whether his murder late Friday night may have been a revenge killing or otherwise tied to his earlier conviction.
The father of three was found dead lying next to his unlocked car, shot in the head. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that he apparently had just parked his car and got out of it when he was killed. He hadn’t managed to lock it.
Police later found a discarded semi-automatic pistol near the murder scene equipped with a silencer. It was being analyzed and traced. Police also found a discarded backpack, and confirmed that a witness reported seeing four men dressed in dark clothes running from the murder scene near Lindeberg School on Oslo’s northeast side.
On November 1, 1996, the murder victim had himself sought out three men and shot them one-by-one, at Tveita, at the Brynseng metro station and at Tøyen. He was 23 years old at the time and testified that he’d been bullied and ridiculed by the other men. He was ruled sane and stood trial.
At least one of his victims has denied having anything to do with the weekend murder. “Let the police investigate this in peace,” he told Aftenposten. “I will send my condolences to his family.”