UPDATED: A woman was shot and killed on a street in Oslo’s fashionable neighbourhood of Frogner Wednesday morning. Police had a male suspect in custody within a half-hour, after he’d been pulled over while driving out of town on the E18 highway.
A man working on a nearby construction site told newspaper VG that he heard a shot, then five more. “They (the shots) came quickly,” he said, adding that he then heard a car door close. He said the first police cars were at the scene on the otherwise quiet street, Torstrupsgate, within five minutes of the shooting that occurred just before 8:30am.
“We arrived together with an ambulance, and it was immediately clear that a woman had been shot and killed at the scene,” police operations leader Gjermund Stokkli told VG. “We secured the scene and launched a search for the assailant.”
Another witness reported seeing a woman lying on the street and bleeding before police asked him to leave. Circumstances suggest a connection between the suspect and the victim: Stokkli said a car “was observed driving out of town on the E18, it was stopped and we arrested a man we believe is the assailant,” he told VG. The victim’s identity was not immediately released. Stokkli added that police had possession of the handgun used in the shooting and told state broadcaster NRK that police did not believe anyone other than the victim was in danger.
The neighbourhood is home to some of Norway’s wealthiest residents along with many diplomats working at embassies also located in the Frogner area. Tostrupsgate is a short, narrow street lined with elegant apartment buildings dating mostly from the late 1800s, and located just off the main thoroughfare, Bygdøyallé.