A 16-year-old boy was arrested in the Reykjavík neighborhood of Breidholt on Friday night, carrying a loaded pistol. Earlier that night, the boy had met with his friend outside Jörfi kindergarten and fired a shot through the wall of the building.
A nine millimeter bullet was discovered inside a box with toys in the kindergarten’s playroom yesterday morning and police have confirmed that it was fired from the pistol the boy was carrying. The gun was registered to his father and kept in an unlocked box, Morgunbladid reports.
Kindergarten director Saeunn Elfa Pedersen said staff was shocked but also thankful that the incident had taken place on a Friday night when there was no one inside the building. “This is the place where the children would otherwise be playing.”
A number of police officers, most of whom were armed with bats and pepper spray and wearing bulletproof vests, had searched for the boy for hours before he was arrested in Breidholt shortly before midnight.
Some police officers were dissatisfied with their equipment and feared for their safety. Snorri Magnússon, chairman of the Icelandic Police Union, said he had received complaints but would otherwise not comment on this matter.