A$AP Rocky’s Swedish lawyer Henrik Olsson Lilja was shot leaving his building in Stockholm Friday morning
Gunman appeared and shot him multiple times in the head and chest outside his apt complex, he is in stable condition
A male suspect was seen fleeing the scene in a black SUV
Olsson Lilja first represented American rapper A$AP Rocky when he was first taken into custody after assaulting a man who was harassing him and his team on the street
American R&B artist, real name Rakim Mayers, served more than a month behind bars in Sweden, while awaiting trial for an assault
A witness to Friday’s shooting saw Lilja and another man standing, then wrestling on the groundbefore the shooting
Police’s believe the attempt on the lawyer’s life is connected to his work
A woman described as highly respected attorney has been arrested in the shooting, she has a history with Lilja in the past, police said
A prominent Swedish lawyer who represented A$AP Rocky in his Stockholm assault case has been shot in the head and chest in an ‘ambush attack’.
Henrik Olsson Lilja was leaving his apartment building in downtown Stockholm shortly before nine this morning when a gunman approached and shot him.
Neighbors saw a person wrestle the lawyer in a stairwell, before the shooting and gave Olsson Lilja a phone to call the police, who have since arrested several suspects.
A woman, also a senior lawyer, who was previously banned from contacting Olsson Lilja is among those arrested, but the shooter has been identified as a man.
One person has been arrested as a suspect for the attempted murder attempt’ a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office said.
A woman described as highly respected attorney has been arrested in the shooting of Henrik Olsson Lilja. She has been connected to Lilja in the past
Henrik Olsson Lilja, the lawyer of U.S. rapper Rakim Mayers, known by his stage name A$AP Rocky, talks to the press after a hearing in his trial over a street brawl on July 5, 2019 in Stockholm
Olsson Lilja first represented Rocky when he was first taken into custody after assaulting a man who was harassing him and his team on the street, but he was replaced before the trial began.
It is not known if the shooting had any relation to the US rapper’s case.
Emergency services were at 8.59am and the prestigious lawyer was taken hospital in an ambulance, local media reported. He was conscious when police arrived and is believed to be in a stable but serious condition.
A witness said Lilja was shot while wrestling with a man on the ground.
The gunman, who fled the scene in a black SUV, is still at large, the paper reported. The witness described to expressen ‘it was very bloody’.
‘He was bleeding on his face but he could talk. He told police “it hurts”‘
Several people were taken into custody for questioning and one was later arrested by prosecutors, according to Stockholm police. Sweden’s Expressen newspaper reports the suspect arrested is also a senior lawyer, a woman who had previously been banned from contacting him.
The American R&B artist A$AP Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, served more than a month behind bars in Sweden, while awaiting trial for an assault.
But Mayers and two co-accused – David Rispers Jr and Bladimir Corniel – walked away following their trial despite the prosecution claiming they ‘used more violence than was needed’ as he apparently tried to break up a brawl in Stockholm.
He was given a two-year suspended sentence for the attack, which garnered international attention and saw Donald Trump and dozens of US celebrities notably Kim Kardashian and Kanye West advocate for him.
Police forensics team investigate Lilja shooting on Friday
Swedish police said on their website the shooting is being investigated as an attempted murder. They say it’s an “isolated incident with no known connection to recent violent crimes.”
Lilja garnered international attention after he represented A$AP Rocky in his assault case. Rocky was convicted of assault after the June brawl. He had pled self-defense and said he had tried to avoid a confrontation with two men who he said were persistently following his entourage. One of them picked a fight with a bodyguard, Mayers said during his trial.
On Aug. 14, Mayers and the bodyguards were given “conditional sentences” for the assault convictions, meaning they won’t serve prison time unless they commit a similar offense in Sweden again.