Police in Oslo have charged a man in his 40s with attempted murder, after he shot another man Tuesday evening outside an Ikea home furnishings store in the city’s Furuset district. He reportedly used an automatic AK-47 weapon and police think his target shot back.
It’s the latest in a series of shootings in the Norwegian capital and it left another man in his 30s wounded. He was recovering at Oslo University Hospital Ullevål and reportedly was not seriously injured.
The shooting set off a major police response, especially because the Ikea store was still open for business. Police suspect another case of criminal gang rivalry, but Inspector Grete Lien Metlid told state broadcaster NRK that it was “too early to say what kind of milieu” was behind the shoot-out. She said there was “a relation” and “conflict” between those involved.
The suspect was arrested in Romerike, northeast of Oslo, in one of the two cars involved in the shooting, and his home in Oslo was ransacked. He reportedly has a police record and ties to “an organized criminal milieu” in Østlandet (southeastern Norway).