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Authorities have arrested one suspect, 37-year-old Gökmen Tanis, whom they believe to be “associated with the incident” in Utrecht.
Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen said Monday that “likely there is one attacker, but there could be more.”
Here’s what we know so far.
What we know
- The attack unfolded at approximately 10:45 am local time in Utrecht, Netherlands, on a tram near the October 24 Square.
- At least three people have died and five — including three with severe injuries — were hurt after a shooter opened fire, Utrecht police confirmed.
- Police identified the victims as a 19-year-old woman and two men, ages 28 and 49.
Three people were killed by the shooting. The victims are a 19 y/o woman from Vianen and two men from Utrecht. They were 28 and 49 y/o. Also three people were severely injured (a woman (20) from Utrecht, a man (74) from De Meern and a woman (21) from Nieuwegein. #24oktoberplein— Politie Utrecht (@PolitieUtrecht) March 19, 2019
- The gunman fled the area after the attack, and police are investigating whether the suspect had accomplices, said Dutch police spokesperson Joost Lanshage, according to the Wall Street Journal.
- Utrecht police said they are investigating the shooting as a possible terrorist attack. Officials in the Netherlands raised the threat level in Utrecht to its highest classification on Monday for the first time ever in the wake of the shooting, according to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
- Police arrested the chief suspect in the attack about eight hours after the shooting. Police identified the individual as Gökman Tanis, who is a 37-year-old Turkish-born man.
The police asks you to look out for the 37 year old Gökman Tanis (born in Turkey) associated with the incident this morning at the #24oktoberplein in #Utrecht. Do not approach him but call 0800-6070. pic.twitter.com/U1IWEDtUYu— Politie Utrecht (@PolitieUtrecht) March 18, 2019
- Police have not ruled out terrorism as a motive, but the New York Times reports that officials are also investigating the possibility that the attack may have been motivated by a personal dispute. Still, Utrecht police said Tuesday they have not yet found “any direct relations” between the victims and the main suspect.
What we don’t know
- The motive of the attack
- Whether there are other suspects involved
- The names of the victims