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Suspected Shooter Institutionalised for Four Weeks

A man suspected of a shooting that took place in Hafnarfjörður yesterday, in the Reykjavík capital area, will be institutionalised for four weeks, RÚV reports. The ruling points to the suspect’s mental condition being a factor in the suspected crime. Special forces were called out to Miðvellir street in Hafnarfjörður yesterday morning after an individual fired a weapon at two cars.

The two cars were parked between an apartment building and a preschool. A man was in one of the cars with his five-year-old son at the time of the incident. No injuries were sustained as a result of the shooting. Following the incident, police cordoned off the area and negotiated with the suspect, who is in his sixties. He emerged from his apartment and did not resist arrest.

Nearly 30 police officers were involved in the response to the incident, including special forces. People located in the apartment building and the preschool were told to stay put while the suspect was being apprehended. Police have encouraged anyone who was affected by the incident and requires support to call the Red Cross helpline at 1717.

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