This morning there was another deadly shooting, this time on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht in the Netherlands.
FOX 5 – A shooting on a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday left three people dead and nine people wounded, police said, adding that they are considering the possibility of a “terrorist motive.” A manhunt was launched for the shooter.
Police, including heavily armed officers, flooded the area after the shooting that happened in the morning on a tram at a busy traffic intersection in a residential neighborhood.
Dutch authorities have named a 37-year-old Turkey-born man as linked to the tram shooting in the central Dutch town of Utrecht.
Police showed the picture of a bearded mark sitting on public transport and dressed in a dark blue top with a hood tucked in his neck. Police identified him as Gokman Tanis.
It was the first image distributed of someone linked to the shooting. Police warned citizens not to approach the man but call authorities instead.
Police are saying Tanis was linked to the shooting, but more than likely he’s the shooter himself and they just aren’t saying it yet.
Here’s the photos of Tanis:
The police are already suggesting this is the work of terrorism:
The mayor of Utrecht says a “terror motive” is the most plausible reason behind the deadly shooting.
Utrecht police said that trauma helicopters were sent to the scene and appealed to the public to stay away to allow first responders to do their work. Television footage showed that a body appeared to be lying next to the tram.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the situation “very worrying” and the country’s counterterror coordinator said in a tweet that a crisis team was meeting to discuss the situation. The alert level was raised to its highest level for the area around Utrecht.
Police spokesman Bernhard Jens said that no one had been detained yet.
I don’t know why Tanis did it, assuming he’s the shooter, but it feels like a revenge shooting by a Muslim over the shooting that took place in New Zealand last Friday.
We’ll keep you updated.