Two Dead, One Injured in Blönduós Shooting

Two people are dead and one injured after a shooting in Blönduós in Northwest Iceland on Sunday morning. RÚV reports that one of the deceased was the shooter. No information about the condition of the injured individual was available at time of writing, but the person was airlifted to the hospital in Reykjavík for medical attention.

The shooting took place in a private home at 7:00 am on Sunday morning. Two people are in police custody in relation to the incident. All of those involved are Icelandic and live in Blönduós.

No police weapons discharged at scene

According to an announcement made by the Northwest Iceland Police, officers responded to the scene after receiving word of a serious incident in which a firearm had been drawn on two individuals. Around the time of the callout, authorities requested the Coast Guard’s assistance transporting the SWAT team from Reykjavík to the scene, but this assistance was ultimately deemed unnecessary, and the helicopter was called back to Reykjavík after take-off.

Responding officers were armed, but no police officers used their weapons at the scene.

The alleged shooter was dead when police arrived, as was one of the shooting victims. Medical help was provided to the injured party and the scene secured. The Red Cross trauma team was also called out to provide counselling services.

The Northwest Iceland Police have taken two individuals in custody in connection with the shooting and will continue to investigate the incident.

Read a recent in-depth article on gun ownership in Iceland.

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MATEY Seafood Fest Serves Up the Best of the Westman Islands

A new festival seeks to celebrate the produce and producers of Iceland’s Westman Islands. The MATEY Seafood Festival is a collaborative project between the island’s restaurateurs and food producers and will take place from September 8-10.

Restaurants, fish factories, food producers and other food industry service partners collaborate to highlight the food of the islands. With the MATEY festival, islanders hope to spotlight “one of the best culinary destinations in Iceland,” and give guests a taste of “a variety of stunning dishes” that are made solely with ingredients sourced in and around the Westmans. Leading chefs from neighbouring Nordic nations will also take part in the festival, offering their own twists on “authentic local dishes.”

Restaurants Gott, Slippurinn, Einsi Kaldi, and Næs will host menus from guest chefs Chris Golding, Leif Sørensen, Ron McKinlay, and Fjölla Sheholli and Junaid Juman, respectively, serving up local ingredients.

In addition to serving up local cuisine in Heimaey’s restaurants, the festival will also feature events in which businesses in seafood industry open their doors, give some insight into their operations, and discuss the “blue economy” that is so vital to the Westmans’ way of life.