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The shooting took place around 10.45 am. Shortly thereafter, an anti-terrorist unit (counter-terrorism, extremism and radicalization) was sent to the location and various trauma and police helicopters flew to the site.
- Three people died in the shooting and five people were injured. At least three victims were resuscitated locally, both on the street and in the tram. The police report on Twitter that the area has been largely closed off and requests that caregivers have the space.
- A police spokesperson has confirmed that the perpetrator has escaped. It is still unclear how the shooter fled. "We try to get an overview as quickly as possible in this rather hectic situation." Due to the incident, the police are looking for 37-year-old Gökmen Tanis. The police are calling for them not to be approached themselves, but to immediately call the tracing point.
- The police have found a red Renault Clio on Tichelaarslaan in Utrecht. The car was stolen shortly before the shooting incident and possibly used as an escape car. The police also raided near the place where the car was found. This was in an apartment house on Laan van Engelswier.
- The NCTV has decided to raise the threat level to level 5 exclusively for the province of Utrecht until at least 6 p.m. That is the highest level. At several places in the country, places are extra guarded or closed.
- The municipality, police and the Public Prosecution Service advised everyone to stay in Utrecht this afternoon. This advice was lifted around 4.15 p.m. All schools in Utrecht kept the doors closed and students were kept indoors. Utrecht University also closed access to all its buildings.
- The UMC Utrecht has received a request from the GHOR security region to open up the emergency hospital. The emergency hospital is a special hospital for the immediate relief of victims under special circumstances. How many victims are being cared for is still unknown.
- A special telephone number has been set up for relatives of victims of the Utrecht shooting: 088 - 756 99 88. UMC Utrecht announced this. Earlier the municipality of Utrecht already set up a special public telephone number for people who have questions about the situation.
- The mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen, has responded to the shooting. "A horrible and radical incident in which victims have fallen. My thoughts are with them and their loved ones. ”He says he is in close contact with the police and the public prosecutor. "The most important thing at the moment is taking care of the wounded and investigating the circumstances of the incident. We do not exclude anything, not even a terrorist attack. "
- Prime Minister Mark Rutte canceled the coalition consultation because of the incident. At a press conference he said that a terrorist motive is not excluded. "An act of terror is an attack on our civilization, on our tolerant and open society. If this continues, only one answer is appropriate. And that is: our rule of law and our democracy are stronger than fanaticism and violence. We will not give way to intolerance. Never.''