Custody Over Suspects in Hafnarfjörður Shooting Extended

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The Metropolitan Police has extended the custody of two men involved in a December shooting in Hafnarfjörður by one week. An investigation into the incident is ongoing, Vísir reports.

Custody set to expire on January 11

As noted in an announcement by the Metropolitan Police, the custody of two men who fired shots in Hafnarfjörður in December has been extended by one week.

The incident occurred inside an apartment in Hafnarfjörður on Christmas Eve, where residents were present but unharmed. Initially, three individuals were arrested, although one was released on December 27. There was a significant police presence at the scene. 

The investigation of the case is ongoing, and the custody of the two men is set to expire on January 11, unless further extended.

Man Fires Shot in Downtown Reykjavík Bar

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No one was seriously injured when a shot was fired in a downtown Reykjavík bar yesterday evening. The Reykjavík Capital Area Police Department is still looking for the shooter.

Police received a report around 7:00 PM last night that a man had entered Dubliners Irish pub in downtown Reykjavík and fired a shot inside the establishment. The shot hit a wall by the bar and the man fled the scene immediately. The police dispatched a large team to the scene, including special forces and paramedics.

Though no serious injuries were sustained, two individuals received medical assistance: one for a graze on their head and another who was concerned about their hearing. Police found a weapon near the scene shortly afterwards.

Police encourage the shooter to turn himself in.

Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for 3D-Printed Gun Shooting

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A twenty-year-old man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for attempted murder with a 3D-printed weapon, Vísir reports. The shooting took place in a parking garage in Reykjavík in February of last year.

Four shots from a 3D-printed gun

Shortly after midnight on Sunday, February 13, 2022, twenty-year-old Ingólfur Kjartansson attacked another man in a parking garage in Reykjavík with a 3D-printed gun. Ingólfur fired a bullet into the right side of the victim’s chest, just above the nipple, which pierced the victim’s right lung. The victim suffered an open wound and traumatic bleeding in his chest, broken ribs, along with a traumatic pneumothorax.

As reported by Vísir – which has come into possession of a verdict from the District Court of Reykjavík – Ingólfur Kjartansson was sentenced to eight years in prison for attempted murder in November of last year. The prosecutor demanded a ten-year sentence. The verdict states that Ingólfur fired at least three additional shots from the weapon, all of which missed the victim. During the court hearing, Ingólfur stated that he and the victim had reconciled.

Vísir notes that the attack took place shortly after Ingólfur was released from prison. He received a two-year prison sentence in 2021 for violations of the Child Protection Act, assault and robbery, as well as weapons and drug offences.

Sustained a life-threatening injury

The victim’s medical certificate states that he sustained a life-threatening injury. Without treatment, the injuries may have led to his death. The certificate also states that victim faces a good chance of recovery, although it is possible that he has suffered permanent lung damage from the bullet or lasting musculoskeletal pain from his rib fractures.

Ingólfur confessed to the crime and was subsequently sentenced to eight years in prison for attempted murder. He was also ordered to pay the victim ISK 3.5 million ($25,000 / €23,000) in compensation.

Candlelight Vigil to Be Held at Blönduós Tonight

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A candlelight vigil will be held tonight at the Blönduós sports ground in Northwest Iceland. Candles will be placed on the running track in solidarity with the victims and mourners of last Sunday’s shooting.

Community still recovering from the tragedy

As reported last weekend, a gunman opened fire at a private residence in Blönduós, Northwest Iceland, at 5.30 AM on Sunday. The two victims of the attack were married. The woman died; the man was airlifted to Reykjavík for medical treatment, where he remains in serious condition.

The police authorities in Northwest Iceland have stated that they have a “rough idea” of the events of last Sunday, although many aspects of the case remain unclear. Sources of the news outlet Vísir suggest that the motive behind the attack was work-related (the male victim of the shooting was the attacker’s former employer) and that the intruder was killed in an altercation with the couple’s son in the immediate aftermath of the shotting.

A “moment of love” to be held tonight

In the wake of the tragedy, the Húnabyggð municipality released a public statement saying that residents were shocked by the shooting. Reading the statement aloud in the media, Guðmundur Haukur Jakobsson, Chair of the Húnabyggð municipality, stated: “We’re broken and accept all the solidary that you can offer us.”

The municipality has announced that it will hold a “moment of love” at the Blönduós sports ground tonight at 9 PM. Candles will be placed on the running track to show solidarity with the victims, their family and loved ones.

Released from Custody Following North Iceland Shooting

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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.”

Two Dead, One Injured in Blönduós Shooting

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.

Read a recent in-depth article on gun ownership in Iceland.

Suspected Shooter Institutionalised for Four Weeks

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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.

Special Forces in Hafnarfjörður Due to Possible Shooting

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Update 22.06.22 12:53 PM: RÚV reports that the suspected shooter came out of the apartment building around 12:20 PM and was arrested and taken to the police station. A formal investigation of the incident will now begin. Police will open the cordoned-off area shortly. Affected residents are advised to call the Red Cross helpline at 1717 if they require support.

Update 22.06.22 10:00 AM: RÚV reports that the incident involves a gun being shot at a car outside an apartment building on Miðvöllur street, behind the Nettó store. The police believe the shooter is in their apartment in the building and police are on the phone with him. The area is considered unsafe and has been cordoned off by police, who are ensuring that no one enters the area.

Special police forces are on the scene in Hafnarfjörður in the Reykjavík capital area due to a suspected shooting, RÚV reports. Víðivellir preschool has been closed and parents have been notified that the children who have arrived at the school are safe. According to RÚV’s sources, the response is due to a possible shooting near the preschool.

Superintendent of Hafnarfjörður Police Skúli Jónsson confirmed that special forces had been called out but declined to provide further information on the incident at this time.

All access routes to and from the school have been closed.

This news story will be updated.

Woman in Serious Condition After Yesterday’s Shooting

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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.”

One in Custody Following Shooting in Reykjavík

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A man in his 20s is in custody following reports of a shooting in the Grafarholt neighbourhood of Reykjavík between 3:00 and 4:00 AM last night. A man and woman were both shot while standing outdoors in the neighbourhood, according to a police statement sent to media. Both were transported to the emergency ward, where their wounds were attended to. Neither is in critical condition.

The police mobilised their special forces unit in response to the shooting, making the arrest in central Reykjavík this morning. The investigation is in its early stages, but police believe that the general public is not in danger. No further information was provided about the case, but police stated a press released would be issued later today.