Four men were in custody on Sunday after what police described as a clash of rival gangs that involved several shots being fired into a popular Oslo restaurant. Two of the men were allegedly attacked with a knife.
Shocked patrons of the Mona Lisa restaurant on Grensen in downtown Oslo told newspaper VG that they were inside dancing when several men began to fight outside the restaurant that converts to a nightclub after midnight.
“Then they came in and picked up tables and chairs and starting throwing them at each other,” one witness told VG. “One man was lying on the floor, very bloody and slashed by a knife in his face.”
The fighting reportedly continued and then patrons could hear shots being fired. “We threw ourselves down on the floor and tried to gather our friends behind a pillar,” the witness said. At least two shots went through a window at the restaurant, but no one was hit.
Police said they think the violence resulted from a gang conflict. The investigation was being handled by the Oslo Police District’s organized crime unit.
“These are (suspects) we know very well from previous incidents,” Jon Rune Lande of the Oslo Police District told new bureau NTB.
One of the four men arrested was carrying a gun. He was undergoing questioning on Sunday, after being treated at a local emergency medical clinic for minor injuries.