At least 3 people killed in shooting at Brussels Jewish Museum
Three people have been killed and one seriously injured during a shooting at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels. Vanessa Johnston reports.PT0M0S 620 349
Three people died and a fourth was injured in a shooting on Saturday at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in the capital, Brussels.
The attack was carried out by a lone gunman, who double-parked his car outside the museum, entered carrying one or two backpacks and opened fire, RTBF television reported.
The man then left the museum quickly and drove away, though witnesses managed to note down his license plate number, adding that no suspects had been detained as yet.
Police at the site of a shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in which four people were killed. Photo: Reuters
"We're trying to determine if they were visitors or members of the Jewish Museum staff," Yvan Mayeur, mayor of the city of Brussels, said on RTBF television.
The attack took place shortly before 4pm "inside the Jewish Museum, so this is clearly very serious," Mayeur said.
Interior Minister Joelle Milquet told reporters that "we can't say for sure that it was an anti-semitic attack" because the investigation is still under way.
"But there's a strong presumption, since it's a case of a shooting, which could have been at random though that remains to be confirmed, and obviously it's taken place in the Jewish Museum," she said.
Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, who was near the museum at the time of the shooting, said that he saw two victims lying in the museum lobby, while the others, whom he didn't see, were inside the building.
When he arrived at the museum, he saw a man and a woman lying in a pool of blood just inside the entrance.
"When I saw them I realised that there was nothing to be done," he told reporters.
"There were a good number of details for identifying the vehicle," Reynders said. "And I hope that the investigation can proceed quickly."
"Clearly when there are murders inside a Jewish museum, you ask yourself if it was an anti-semitic attack," he said. "But wait until we have caught the culprit or culprits and we can be sure."