Two people have been released from custody following a shooting in North Iceland yesterday morning. Northeast Iceland Police announced their release following questioning and stated that they would not issue a warrant for arrest. Two people are dead, and one is seriously injured following the incident, which sent shockwaves through the small community of Blönduós.
On Sunday morning around 5:30 AM, police were notified that a firearm had been discharged in a home in Blönduós. According to RÚV, the alleged shooter entered a home, where he shot its residents, a man and woman. The woman was killed and the man seriously injured. Police found the shooter dead at the scene.
Alleged shooter a former employee of one victim
RÚV’s sources stated that the couple’s son was in his room at the time along with his girlfriend and that he attacked the alleged shooter and was later arrested. He has now been released and no warrant for his arrest will be issued. Police stated that there was no suspicion of a firearm being used on the attacker and no suspicion that the attacker had taken his own life.
The alleged shooter is a former employee of the man who was seriously injured and has reportedly struggled with mental illness. Police had previously been in contact with him due to threats with a firearm and had confiscated a firearm from him. The alleged shooter held a gun licence.
Residents offered trauma support
A town hall meeting was held for Blönduós residents yesterday evening, as well as a support gathering at Blönduós Church. The Icelandic Red Cross has sent around eight staff members to the town to provide trauma support. Guðmundur Haukur Jakobsson, speaker of the municipal council of Húnabyggð, has called on the nation to stand with the area’s residents in this difficult time.
“The residents of the area are devastated, and we are still processing the fact that this really happened,” Guðmundur stated, reading from a statement written by the council on behalf of residents. “The thoughts of all Húnabyggð residents are with the deceased, those involved, and the relatives of those connected to this terrible event. The community is in some sort of shock, and everyone is trying to come to grips with these events and the emotions that come along with them. In a small community like ours, everyone is an acquaintance, friend, and/or relative, and an event like this wounds the community deeply.”