in fight gear goes on capturing spree in Rotterdam

47 in fight gear goes on capturing spree in Rotterdam

A medical scholar opened hearth at an condominium constructing and a hospital within the Dutch port metropolis, police say

A 32-year-old medical scholar carrying fight gear has been apprehended by Rotterdam police after allegedly gunning down three individuals at an condominium and a downtown hospital, marking one of many deadliest capturing incidents in a rustic the place such violence is unusual.

The capturing spree started on Thursday afternoon at an condominium constructing close to the suspect’s residence, the place he shot a 39-year-old girl and her 14-year-old daughter, police mentioned. The girl died on the scene, whereas the woman handed away after being rushed to a hospital.

The lone gunman, who wore a bulletproof vest, then shot and killed a 43-year-old professor in a classroom on the Erasmus Medical Middle, Rotterdam Police Chief Fred Westerbeke informed reporters. The coed allegedly set fires at each crime scenes and was captured by police underneath the hospital’s helipad. Police didn’t establish the suspect or provide any hypothesis on his motive.

“We see his act as a focused motion, but it surely requires additional analysis to achieve readability about how and why,” Westerbeke mentioned. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte posted a assertion saying there was “nice dismay after the dramatic occasions in Rotterdam.” Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb known as the flip of occasions “a black day.”

The shootings led to chaotic scenes within the Dutch port metropolis, together with individuals fleeing the hospital and sufferers being wheeled out on beds. Different individuals barricaded themselves in rooms on the hospital. Footage posted on social media reveals individuals working and screaming on the sound of a loud bang. One other clip reveals a person – probably the suspect – apparently being detained by police together with his fingers cuffed behind his again and a blindfold positioned over his eyes.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima issued an announcement expressing sympathy for relations and pals of the capturing victims. “We additionally consider everyone who lived in worry throughout these horrible actions,” they mentioned.

A capturing final 12 months at a Dutch day care middle for disabled kids left two individuals useless and two injured. In 2011, a gunman murdered 5 individuals and wounded 17 earlier than killing himself at a mall south of Amsterdam.

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