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.
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