Oslo Police were calling for more tips from the public after a 21-year-old man was shot dead in the parking lot outside a kiosk in the capital’s southeast Prinsdal neighbourhood late Friday night. Police have called the murder “a targeted attack,” but no motive has been established.
Police said the victim, identified Monday as Halil Kara, had just eaten a meal at the kiosk Prinsdal Grill with two friends when he was shot at close range by a person whose face was covered. A fight then broke out between Kara’s three friends who were with him at the time, resulting in one of them being stabbed. He survived and was taken to hospital, while Kara, who was a regular customer of the grill, was declared dead at the scene.
Witnesses said the assailant then took off on foot in the direction of Kolbotn, but police won’t rule out that he may have continued to flee by car afterwards. Police Inspector Grete Metlid told state broadcaster NRK on Monday that the investigation is demanding with no description of the assailant available.
Friends and associates were stunned, with news bureau NTB reporting that some speculate the assailant had another victim in mind and killed the wrong man. Kara was described as “an alright guy” who worked as a substitute school teacher and had no prior convictions.