Portions of downtown Oslo were cordoned off during the weekend, after two alleged gang leaders were shot on a street near the National Theater. Three suspects have been charged in the case and one was in police custody Sunday night.
The shooting occurred shortly after midnight Saturday, and left two men in their 30s and 40s seriously wounded. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) later described them as “central figures” in the criminal gang called Young Guns, both of whom have a record of serious prior convictions. They were said to have been seriously wounded but their condition reportedly was not life-threatening.
Police Inspector Grete Metlid told NRK Sunday evening that police had several leads in the case and were working to avoid further escalation of tensions among gangs in the Norwegian capital. Both of those shot have been involved in earlier shootings tied to gang operations.
NRK reported that those charged in the shooting on the busy downtown street, Klingenberg Gate, have ties to an international motorcycle club that in turn is known for being involved in narcotics and violence. It’s the latest in a string of shootings in Oslo in recent months, with police referring to it as “a targeted attack” on the two victims.