Two people were injured in two shooting incidents near the Erasmus MC (EMC) in Rotterdam on Thursday afternoon. One suspect is on the loose, according to the Rotterdam police. The police tactical team (DSI) entered the medical center’s building.
One shooting took place in a home on Heiman Dullaertplein and the other in a classroom at the medical center’s building Erasmus MC on Rochussenlaan.
The suspect was armed with a handgun, police said. The police were not sure whether he fled the scene if fled the scene by motorcycle or if he was inside the hospital. He was wearing clothing police described as being “combat” style, as well as a backpack and headphones. He was described as being tall, in his mid-twenties, and with black hair.
“Around 2.25 p.m., we received several reports of a shooting incident in the area of Rochussenstraat/Heiman Dullaertplein/Dr. Molenwaterplein. We are on site with several units. As soon as there is more information, we will share it,” the Rotterdam police wrote in a post on X (formerly Twitter) at 02:56 p.m.
According to the police, two people sustained injuries. The entrance to Erasmus MC on Rochussenstraat has been cordoned off, De Telegraaf reported. A police helicopter is flying above the scene. Officers on site are visibly wearing body armor.
The police tactical team (DSI) entered the medical center’s building, the police reported at 03.38 p.m. “The suspect has not yet been arrested and the DSI is checking whether he is possibly inside the EMC,” the police wrote.
People in front of the building told the regional broadcaster that shots were fired on the fourth floor, and the perpetrator was still inside.
An eyewitness told Rijnmond: ”I heard a lot of sirens. I saw police in jeans and protective outerwear and helmets with hoods and they were carrying guns. At first, I thought it was the riot police, but it turned out to be the arrest team. Then the entrance was closed. The police shouted: Everybody out, take your things.”
According to AD, Metro station Dijkzicht was evacuated by order of the police. Metro trains will not stop there for the time being, Rotterdam public transport company announced.
Erasmus MC – Rotterdam pic.twitter.com/Tbmx69Pc8N
— Mø (@MSuluki) September 28, 2023
Dader is mogelijk op weg op motorfiets. Draagt gevechtskleding,is lang, zwart haar, midden 20, rugzak en headphone, met handvuurwapen. Ziet u hem. Bel 112! (2/2)
— Politie Eenheid Rotterdam eo (@POL_Rotterdam) September 28, 2023
Omgeving rochussenstraat wordt afgezocht pic.twitter.com/F9Hnt8aLiT
— Lucette Mascini (@lucettemascini) September 28, 2023