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Three killed in shootings at Rotterdam university hospital and home

Dutch police secure the area after a man was arrested following shootings in Rotterdam. Reuters

A gunman opened fireplace in a classroom at a Rotterdam college hospital campus and a close-by home, killing three folks, Dutch police stated on Thursday.

Police Chief Fred Westerbeke stated the gunman, 32, a scholar from Rotterdam, wore a bulletproof vest as he shot and killed a lady, 39, and her 14-year-old daughter.

After setting the lady’s home on fireplace, the gunman went to the Rotterdam Medical Centre college hospital, the place he entered a classroom and shot lifeless a trainer, 43.

Police stated they’d arrested the person underneath the hospital’s helipad.

Movies posted on-line confirmed police instructing college students, some carrying white medical robes, to run exterior as closely armed arrest groups arrived on the scene.

One video confirmed a person in handcuffs carrying what gave the impression to be fight trousers.

Police stated there have been no indications of a second shooter.

“We’ve got been shocked by a horrible incident,” Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb stated. “Pictures have been fired in two completely different locations within the metropolis. Many individuals witnessed it.

“Feelings within the metropolis are very excessive. My condolences exit to the victims.”

Hugo Hillenaar, Rotterdam’s chief prosecutor, stated: “The suspect was identified to legislation enforcement and in 2021 he was prosecuted and convicted for animal abuse.”

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima expressed their sympathy on social media.

“Our hearts exit to the household and associates of the victims of the violence this afternoon in Rotterdam,” the royal couple wrote.

“We additionally consider all people who lived in worry throughout these horrible actions.”

The Erasmus Medical Centre appealed on social media for folks to not go to the hospital, however later stated it was reopening.

There have been scores of small explosions at houses and companies throughout Rotterdam this yr, which have been blamed on rival drug gangs.

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