A lawyer who represented rapper A$AP Rocky for a time during his lengthy legal saga in Sweden was reportedly shot multiple times on Friday.
Henrik Olssen Lilja was shot in the head and chest in a stairwell of an apartment building in Stockholm, Swedish newspaper Expressen reports.
Lilja first represented Rocky following his July arrest before being replaced by Slobodan Jovicic. Mia Edwall Insulander, the secretary general of the Swedish Bar Association, confirmed to CBS News that Lilja had been shot, and stated that he is alive and is currently in the hospital.
A woman, who is also a lawyer and who had been ordered not to contact Lilja, was arrested at the scene of the shooting on suspicion of attempted murder, according to the Expressen. The woman’s name has not been released, but the paper reports that she is connected to Lilja in some way and has been convicted of a violent crime in the past. However, the gunman has been identified as a man.
Before the shooting, Lilja was seen wrestling with another man, one witness claimed, according to the Expressen. Despite being shot, Lilja was reportedly able to borrow a neighbor’s phone and call the police for help, and he was transported to the hospital via an ambulance that responded to the scene.
Following the shooting, a black SUV was reportedly observed fleeing the scene, and authorities are currently searching for the vehicle, as well as welcoming any tips regarding its whereabouts, according to the Expressen.
Police have stated that the shooting was an “isolated incident with no known connection to recent violent crimes,” according to CBS News.
“The police have arrested several people for questioning. The investigation is at an intense stage and the police are working on several different fronts to make progress,” the Swedish Police Authority said in a statement, according to The Hill.
Rocky and his two co-defendants were found guilty of assault last month, marking the end of a case that gained international attention. The 30-year-old rapper, born Rakim Mayers, avoided further jail time and was instead given a conditional sentence involving a two-year probationary period and various fines. The prosecutor in the case, who initially asked that Rocky be jailed for six months, has said that he will not appeal the ruling.
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