A shooting which took place on Monday morning in the Dutch city of Utrecht has left several people injured, police said. The incident began at 10:45 am local time (9.45am UK time) when a gunman opened fire in a tram at 24 Oktoberplain, a square outside the city centre. The number of casualties is unknown at the moment as well as the identities of the victims.
De tram in kwestie. pic.twitter.com/F7HIcNN4QL
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Police investigations have been launched and are considering “a possible terrorist motive”, Utrecht police said on Twitter. There are no suspects taken into custody by the police as of yet, said Joost Lanshage, spokesman for the police in central Holland. Prime Minister Mark Rutte is said to be “very concerned” about the incident, CNN reported.
“Several shots were fired in a tram and several people were injured. Helicopters are at the scene and no arrests have been made”, Lanshage said. Emergency responders and ambulances are at the scene. Three rescue helicopters had arrived at the scene to monitor the situation. An eyewitness said he had seen a woman lying on the ground amid some kind of confrontation and saw several men running away from the scene.
— Emma Louise Pitviper (@emmaloupitviper) March 18, 2019
Wow one of the most amazing countries and people in it and this happens 🙁
— Chris (@MXDNUHS) March 18, 2019
"According to witnesses, a man in a tram on the way to Utrecht CS pulled a weapon and shot several people. Emergency services present en masse and doing first aid in the tram." https://t.co/psbZBCrAee
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Prayers for the people of Utrecht
— Aimee Clemons (@ClemonsAimee) March 18, 2019
So sad 💔 When will this ever end! Thoughts to the victims and their families #UTRECHT
— SUSAN SMITH 1 (@SmithLeedsUtd) March 18, 2019