A gunman killed three people in a university hospital classroom and a nearby house on Thursday in the Dutch city of Rotterdam.
The suspect, a 32-year-old student, killed a 39-year-old woman who lived in his neighborhood and seriously injured her 14-year-old daughter. According to Dutch police, the girl later died in hospital.
The suspect then set fire to their home before going to Erasmus University Medical Center, where he fatally shot a 46-year-old teacher inside a classroom. He also caused a fire in the hospital after the deadly gun attack.
The names of the victims and suspects have not been released by the police.
Students, staff and patients were instructed by the police to run out of the hospital building. Those unable to leave barricaded themselves in their rooms and placed placards in their windows to indicate their whereabouts.
The suspect, who was said to be a student at Erasmus University and known to Dutch law enforcement for involvement in previous incidents, was arrested outside the hospital.
“In 2021, he was convicted of animal abuse,” said Hugo Hillenaar, Rotterdam’s chief prosecutor.
The motives of this gun attack are still unknown, but the Dutch media announce that the suspect is cooperating with the police.
Several explosions have been reported around the city of Rotterdam and have been linked to rival drug gangs. There is currently no evidence to suggest there is a connection between these two incidents.
Some data for this story was obtained from the Associated Press and Reuters.