'Possible Terrorist' In Tram Shooting: One Dead, Multiple People Injured
Multiple people have been injured in a shooting in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday, with police announcing they were investigating a "possible terrorist" link.
The shooting was reported at 10.45am (local time, 8.45pm AEST) at the 24 Oktoberplein tram station.
As of 12.05am Tuesday AEST, the gunman is said to still be on the run. Witnesses reported a man "started shooting wildly" before fleeing in a car.
Police did not immediately confirm details about victims, but photos from the scene appear to show at least one body lying next to a tram under a white sheet, and what appears to be a second body on the road.
Police reported "multiple people" injured after the shooting, and soon added they were investigating a "possible terrorist" link. The terror level for the region has been raised to the highest level of five.
The town council has wanted people to stay inside for safety, and said "there are victims. Exactly we cannot say anything about this yet."
Trams have been stopped in the city, and local media is reporting that mosques have been closed as a precaution.
Utrecht, a city in the centre of the Netherlands, is about 45 minutes drive south of Amsterdam.
"A man started shooting wildly," a witness told Dutch news site NU.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he was “deeply concerned” and that crisis talks were to be held in response to the incident. Dutch radio said security had been increased at the seat of the government in The Hague.
Schools in the area have been told to go into lockdown.
The Utrecht mayor called it a "horrible and radical incident in which victims have fallen."
"My thoughts are with them and their loved ones. I am in close contact with the police and the public prosecutor," he wrote in a statement.
"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."
"Several shots were fired in a tram and several people were injured. Helicopters are at the scene and no arrests have been made," said police spokesman Joost Lanshage.
Police have cordoned off an area around the station. The municipality of Utrecht has set up a crisis telephone hotline.
Photos from the scene show heavily armed tactical police standing in the middle of the road, blocking traffic, while other emergency service personnel mill around.
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More to come.