September 28, 2023

NETHERLANDS: 32yo Male Student At Erasmus University Dressed In Camouflage Shot And Killed Woman,14yo Daughter At Their Home And Set It On Fire. Shot And Killed A Professor In A Classroom.

NBC News published September 28, 2023: Dutch police arrest gunman after deadly hospital shooting. A 32-year-old student was arrested under the helipad of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam after a teacher was shot dead in a classroom. A woman was also killed and her daughter seriously wounded at a nearby house.
Le Parisien published September 28, 2023: Rotterdam : un homme ouvre le feu et lance un cocktail molotov, au moins deux morts Deux personnes ont été tuées jeudi dans une double fusillade survenue jeudi à Rotterdam, a indiqué la police, et une adolescente est en urgence absolue. Un homme armé et en tenue de combat a ouvert le feu dans un appartement de la ville néerlandaise puis a fait irruption dans un centre médical voisin. Des incendies se sont déclarés dans les deux endroits mais ont pu être éteints. 

GOOGLE TRANSLATE FRENCH TO ENGLISH: Two people were killed in a double shooting in Rotterdam on Thursday, police said, and a teenage girl is in absolute emergency. An armed man in combat gear opened fire in an apartment in the Dutch city then burst into a nearby medical center. Fires broke out in both locations but were able to be extinguished.
BBC News, UK
written by Anna Holligan in Rotterdam & Jaroslav Lukiv in London
Thursday September 28, 2023

Dutch police have arrested a gunman who killed at least three people in twin shootings in the city of Rotterdam.

They say the male attacker, 32, opened fire in a home before setting it alight, then stormed the city's Erasmus Medical Center on Thursday.

He was a student at Erasmus University, which is affiliated with the hospital.

A woman, 39, and her 14-year old daughter were killed in the first shooting. A male lecturer, 43, was shot dead at the hospital.

Footage has emerged showing a man in camouflaged clothing being taken from the hospital building in handcuffs. The motives for the attack were not immediately known.

A security guard who says he was first on the scene told the BBC it was a "shocking" day.

"It was terrible, terrible," he said, visibly shaken and not wanting to give his name.

He said that the gunman had not entered the medical centre through the main entrance.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte wrote in a post on social media: "My thoughts go out to the victims of the violence, their loved ones and to all the people who have been in great fear."

At a news briefing after Thursday's shooting, Rotterdam police officers said the gunman was known to them. He was convicted of animal cruelty two years ago.

The suspect has been named Fouad L., Dutch media are reporting.

The police said there were no indications of a second gunman.

As the shooting started at the medical centre, employees were seen running out of the building with patients, some of them on stretchers.

Signs were seen taped to two hospital windows reading: "Room 32. We can't get out!"

Barak, a 27-year-old student from Israel, told the BBC he was in a job interview when the shooting began. When he came out, it was scary with so many sirens and messages.

"We can't believe it was a student like us," he added.

Another student told RTL Nieuws website: "First there was a shooting on the fourth floor. Four or five shots were fired. Then a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the education centre."

Elite police units - including snipers - stormed the hospital, and helicopters were seen hovering over the hospital building.

Before his arrest, the police said the dark-haired tall suspect in combat gear may have been on a motorcycle, and was carrying a backpack, headphones and a handgun.
The Associated Press
written by Mike Corder
Thursday September 28, 2023

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A lone gunman wearing a bulletproof vest opened fire in an apartment and a hospital in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam on Thursday, killing three people, including a 14-year-old girl, police said.

The shooting sent patients and medics fleeing the Erasmus Medical Center in downtown Rotterdam, including some who were wheeled out of the building in beds. Others barricaded themselves into rooms and stuck hand-written signs to windows to show their location.

Police Chief Fred Westerbeke told reporters that the shooter was a 32-year-old student from Rotterdam. He was arrested at the hospital carrying a firearm. His identity was not released, and the motive for the shootings was still under investigation.

He first shot and killed a 39-year-old woman and seriously injured her 14-year-old daughter at an apartment close to where the suspect lived, Police Chief Fred Westerbeke said. Police said the girl later died of her injuries.

The shooter then went to the nearby Erasmus Medical Center where he shot and killed a 43-year-old man, a teacher at the academic hospital, police said. He also started fires at the scenes of both shootings.

The identities of the victims were not released.

The suspect was cooperating with police, Westerbeke said.

“It was a black day,” said Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima expressed their sympathy on social media. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victims of the violence this afternoon in Rotterdam,” the royal pair wrote. “We also think of everybody who lived in fear during these terrible actions,” they added.

The Erasmus Medical Center appealed on social media for people not to go to the hospital, but later said it was reopening. It said that all appointments scheduled for Friday would go ahead as planned.

There have been scores of small explosions and at homes and businesses across Rotterdam this year, blamed on rival drug gangs. There was no immediate suggestion that Thursday’s shooting was linked to the feuding drug gangs.

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