Woman in Serious Condition After Yesterday’s Shooting

Metropolitan Police

A young woman is in serious condition after a shooting in Reykjavík yesterday, Vísir reports. The police authorities admit that gun-related crimes are a growing concern.

Nearly 80 police officers dispatched

A man and a woman were transported to the emergency ward with serious injuries following a shooting in the Grafarholt neighbourhood of Reykjavík yesterday morning. After an extensive manhunt, a man in his twenties was detained on Miklabraut, along with a suspected accomplice.

According to Vísir, the gunman fired shots from range at his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend. The woman was shot in her abdomen, the man in his thigh.

Do not pose a risk to the public

When asked if the attack had been premeditated, Margeir Sveinsson, Assistant Chief of the Capital Area Police, refused to speculate. “We have two suspects in custody, and we’re looking into it.”

Both of the suspects are in their thirties and have a criminal record. One of the men has spent a portion of his adult life in prison, according to Vísir. The police will seek continued custody over the suspects.

“We don’t believe that the men pose a risk to the public; the violence was contained within a certain group, and the attack was aimed at certain people. This is not to say that bystanders weren’t in jeopardy,” Margeir remarked.

Gun-related crime a growing concern

The shooting yesterday marked the second time in less than a year that a person has been shot in Iceland.  In February of last year, a man was shot dead outside his home in Rauðagerði, Reykjavík. This summer, an armed man was shot by the police in Egilsstaðir in East Iceland.

“It’s not been long since a similar shooting took place,” Margeir told Vísir. “We take this very seriously, and we are, to say the least, not thrilled about these developments.”

New Fast Charge Station Can Power a Car for 100 Km in Under Five Minutes

driving in reykjavík

The most powerful electric vehicle fast-charge station went into use in Iceland on Friday, RÚV reports. It only takes five minutes for the station to charge a vehicle for 100 kilometres [62 mi].

The charging station has been installed in the parking lot of the Bílabúð Benna car dealership at Krók­háls 9 in Grafarholt og Úlfarsárdalur in the eastern suburbs of Reykjavík. It can deliver up to 350 kW of electricity. According to dealership owner Benedikt Eyjólfsson, this is even more powerful than the EV charging stations that Tesla is installing, which provide up to 250 kW. The stations installed by Icelandic power company ON Power reach a max of 150 kW.

“It can take under five minutes for 100 kilometres,” said Benedikt, “and if the car can take such a powerful charge, you could get up to 250 kilometres in 10 minutes.” The station will be open to anyone who has a vehicle with the so-called ‘Euro connector’ (Type 2) for fast charge stations. The first person to charge their electric car at the station was Minister of Industry and Innovation Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, who commented that the country’s transition away from from fossil fuels in transportation is well underway. In fact, she says, Iceland has made more progress in transitioning away from fossil fuels than almost any country in the world.

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“The energy transition in transportation is going well, we’re now number two in the world, after the Norwegians, and we’ve been encouraging and supporting infrastructure development.” Þórdís Kolbrún says that this infrastructure, i.e. additional charging stations, has been “sorely needed” so that “there won’t be this range anxiety and people can travel between places and out in the countryside.”

“We also know that there are often bottlenecks,” Þórdís Kolbrún continued, “and we have to be careful that at places where there are many [EV charging stations], that people can charge both quickly and well. We’re trying to achieve this combination by pushing things forward with grants, but of course it’s just the general market that’s really doing it,” she concluded.