At Least Two Dead And One Injured After Gunman ‘In Combat Uniform’ Opens Fire In Dutch City Of Rotterdam

Image of Rotterdam Police vehicle.

Image of Rotterdam Police vehicle. Credit: Twitter@POL_Rotterdam

At least two people are reported to have died in the Dutch city of Rotterdam after a gunman opened fire.

The incident initially occurred in an apartment on Heiman Dullaertplein in the city’s Delfshaven district. As a result, a 39-year-old woman was killed and another 14-year-old girl was injured.

It then continued in the nearby Erasmus Medical Centre after the shooter drove around one mile to a different location, where a second person was allegedly shot dead a 46-year-old man, according to

A 32-year-old man, described by the police as dressed in combat uniform was believed to have fled the scene on a motorbike. He was subsequently arrested by Dutch police at the hospital’s helipad.

A tweet from the police explained: ‘A 32-year-old Rotterdam resident was arrested on the helideck at EMC Rotterdam. His possible role and involvement in the shooting incidents is being investigated’.

Fires broke out in both places but were quickly extinguished. ‘The two shooting incidents in #Rotterdam resulted in fatalities. We now first inform family and relatives. We will provide further explanation later’.

Images and video footage from the scene were posted on social media. In on video, people, including medical staff, can be seen in panic as they try to escape from the hospital.

According to the authorities in Rotterdam, police officers from an elite unit entered the university hospital building wearing bulletproof vests in search of the suspect.

An update in a tweet from Rotterdam Police read: ‘As previously mentioned, a 32-year-old Rotterdam resident has been arrested. He is suspected of involvement in the two violent incidents at #HeimanDullaertplein and the EMC. We are not assuming a second shooter’.

The alarm was first raised at around 2:30pm, with sirens reportedly being heard throughout the city. A police helicopter was also observed hovering above the city for several hours.

With a massive police presence at the scene, ths suspect is said walked out of the hospital and handed himself in himself in.

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