Three of four men arrested after shootings on the streets of Oslo on Thursday were ordered held in custody by a local city court over the weekend. Police believe the shootings are tied to several earlier violent incidents in the Norwegian capital.
The shootings left two men seriously wounded, one of whom staggered out of an apartment building in Oslo’s Majorstuen district on the city’s west side. Around an hour later, a wounded man was found on Etterstads Gata on the city’s east side. Police now think he was wounded in multiple shootings inside the apartment at Majorstuen but was taken to another apartment on the east side.
On Friday police arrested four men and charged three of them with being accessories to attempted murder. They included the two wounded, who were released from hospital after treatment and transferred to police custody.
“There’s a lot here that we haven’t clarified yet,” Police Inspector Audun Kristiansen told state broadcaster NRK. Police were also investigating whether the shootings were connected to another one a week earlier in Oslo’s Grünerløkka district, where a man was found wounded and bleeding heavily. A passerby who was a doctor is credited with saving his life, while the victim himself refused to cooperate with police.
“It’s difficult to define whether this is gang-related, but the shootings have a relation to one another,” Kristiansen said. Among those ordered held in custody while police continue their investigation is a 33-year-old man, jailed for four weeks with bans on communication and visitors. The two others are being held in full isolation.