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Utrecht shooting: what we know

Utrecht shooting: what we know
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  • The man suspected of killing three people in a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht admitted his guilt to a judge on Friday (March 22) and said he acted alone, prosecutors said.

  • Turkish-born Gokmen Tanis, 37, is accused of carrying out the March 18 shooting with terrorist intent. Authorities are also investigating whether he had other personal motives.

  • Three people died and five were injured in the shooting.

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  • Tanis was known to police having previously been arrested, Prosecutor Rutger Jeuken confirmed at a press conference.
  • The gunman's motive was unclear — authorities said the shooting appeared to be a terrorist attack.
  • A prosecutor said the attack could have been for “family reasons".
  • Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency, quoting relatives of the gunman, said Tanis had fired at a relative on the tram and then shot at others who tried to help her.
  • The shooting occurred at 10.45 am, in a tram at the city's 24 October Square station.

  • Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte had said he was "deeply concerned" and that an emergency response meeting was convened.

  • The mayor of Utrecht reacted on video. You can watch it here:

  • The terrorism threat level was raised to 5, the highest level, exclusively for the province of Utrecht, but has now been reduced, according to the ANP news agency.

  • Security at schools, transport hubs and mosques was tightened.

  • Authorities had asked people to stay away in order to not hinder emergency services and said that three trauma helicopters have been deployed.