The suspect was thought to have possessed just one firearm and there’s no indication he had accomplices, authorities stated.
Police stated the suspect, a pupil on the hospital, was already identified to the authorities over a conviction for animal cruelty, reportedly for abusing his pet rabbit.
An investigation is underway as as to whether he was a pupil of the trainer shot lifeless. One potential idea police have is that he was rejected for a course on the college hospital.
Authorities consider that the girl and her daughter have been shut neighbours of the suspect, main Westerbeke to recommend they have been “focused assaults”.
Police had earlier described the gunman as tall, with black hair, carrying “combat-style” garments and carrying a backpack.
“I’m offended and unhappy,” stated Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, who spoke of a “very darkish day” for his metropolis.
“We’ve got been shocked by a horrific incident … the emotion within the metropolis is operating excessive,” the mayor informed reporters.
“PANIC AND SCREAMING”
Witnesses described the chaotic scenes across the hospital, as helicopters buzzed overhead and police snipers took up positions on the hospital roof.
Affected person Vincent de Wee, 38, stated he had been in isolation on the hospital, struggling issues from a uncommon type of most cancers.
“It was unusual. You do not count on it should occur. I used to be mendacity for 26 hours upstairs. I am going exterior for a smoke and the police are sending everyone away,” added De Wee, who works in a hospital in Amsterdam.
“That is scary. Perhaps I handed him. The academics, the scholars who noticed what occurred — everybody was crying,” he added.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke of his “nice dismay” on the shootings whereas King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima stated their hearts went out to these struggling “intense grief”.
Rotterdam is usually the scene of shootings, normally attributed to attain settling by rival drug gangs.
In 2019, three folks have been shot lifeless on a tram in Utrecht, sparking an enormous manhunt.
And in 2011, the nation was left shocked when 24-year-old Tristan van der Vlis killed six folks and wounded 10 others in a rampage at a packed shopping center.