Witnesses say they heard six gunshots Thursday night. On Friday, a 20-year-old man shot at Mortensrud in Oslo died from gunshot wounds, and police have launched a full investigation.
They responded quickly after reports came in about a shooting on the grounds of the Lofsrud School at Mortensrud, around 10:20pm Thursday. The victim was quickly sent to Ullevål Hospital, but staff there reported Friday evening that he had died.
“We understand that people are reacting to this,” Grete Lien Metlid of the Oslo Police District said after the shooting, still seldom in Oslo. She described the shooting as especially serious since it took place in a public area where many young people regularly gather.
“This is sad for Mortensrud, Lofsrud School and of course for everyone involved,” Trond Nilsen, rector for the school, told state broadcaster NRK on Friday.
It’s the latest of five shootings in Oslo in recent weeks that have left seven people with gunshot wounds, some of them after youth gang violence. “Oslo is really a safe city, but this worries us,” Metlid told reporters at a press conference on Friday. Police were calling for tips from the public after searches with a police helicopter and several dog patrols failed to produce many leads.