Three people were killed in two gun attacks that rocked Rotterdam last night, allegedly carried out by a gunman wearing a bulletproof vest.
He shot dead a 39-year-old woman in an apartment near where he lived and seriously wounded her 14-year-old daughter, who later died.
The attacker then went to the Erasmus Medical Center located near the apartment, where he shot and killed a 43-year-old teacher.
Anti-terror and Dutch police were deployed near the university hospital, arresting a 32-year-old student as the suspected perpetrator of the incident, who had previously been convicted of animal abuse.
In a press conference, detectives revealed that there was also a fire in the two places where shots were fired.
Thus, the attack caused panic scenes in the hospital, forcing even patients who were lying in beds to run away to be treated with medical help.
Some locked themselves inside and put up handwritten signs in the windows to tell police their whereabouts.
The motive for the attacks is still unknown, but officers believe the suspect targeted the victims.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima reacted to the serious event, saying: "Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victims of the violence this afternoon in Rotterdam. We also think of all those who have lived in fear of these terrible acts."
— El Nuevo Diario (@elnuevodiariord) September 28, 2023