3 Dead in Shooting at Jewish Museum of Belgium
(CNN) — Three people were killed and another was seriously injured in a shooting Saturday at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels, Belgian officials said.
A person arrived by car at the museum in central Brussels, entered and quickly opened fire before leaving the scene, Belgian Interior Minister Joelle Milquet told CNN affiliate Bel RTL.
The circumstances of the shooting have raised suspicions that it may have been an anti-Semitic attack, but no motive has been determined.
The shooter remains at large, and the nation’s terror alert level was raised. Belgian public broadcaster RTBF quoted Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur as saying those killed were two men and a woman, while a man was seriously injured at the museum, which is near the tourist sites.
Two of the dead were Israelis — a couple in their 50’s from Tel Aviv, Israel’s foreign ministry said Sunday.
At a press conference, Milquet said the threat level is highest at locations frequented by the Jewish community. This measure was precautionary, she added.
Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Reynders, who was nearby when the shooting occurred, told CNN affiliate RTL/TVI that he saw the victims inside the museum, then called the emergency services and put witnesses in touch with police.
“It seems that a car was double-parked and that a person went in and came out of the museum quickly after shots were fired,” Reynders said.
One witness managed to see the license plate of the vehicle used in the attack, according to Reynders.
“You can’t help thinking, when you see a Jewish museum, to think about an anti-Semitic act, but the investigation will tell more,” he said.
Because of the Santa Barbara shootings at the top of the news cycle and also being off Teh Internets for the past 4 days, I almost missed this. WTF is going on, Human Beings?
Update: a 4th person has died. Shooter is still at large.