A 33-year-old Norwegian man with a criminal record was shot Tuesday night outside a shopping center in the Kilen area of Tønsberg, about an hour’s drive southwest of Oslo. He called for an ambulance himself and was rushed to the local hospital, where he later died.
Police continued to search for his attacker aided, reports newspapers Tønsbergs Blad and VG, by video from surveillance cameras near the scene. They show him and a woman entering a branch of the tanning studio chain Brun og Blid. He re-emerged alone shortly thereafter, around 10pm, then appeared startled when he went outdoors and started to run, first to his left, then to his right.
He was found wounded on a nearby sidewalk. Police have called upon the public to report any sightings of cars or people in the area. Police confirmed the deceased had been part of a “criminal milieu” in Tønsberg. His most recent conviction, however, was in 2013 for petty theft and narcotics violations.
It’s Norway’s second homicide this year, coming just a week after a well-known defense attorney in Oslo was shot and killed by his own son. Norway’s murder rate has otherwise fallen to record low levels in recent years, especially during the past year when the country has often been under Corona-related shutdowns.