Utrecht shooting: Police release photo of Turkish suspect Gökmen Tanis

Utrecht shooting: Police release photo of Turkish suspect Gökmen Tanis

Police have released a photo of a suspect after the Netherlands tram shootings – and warned the public not to approach him.

Turkish Gökmen Tanis, 37, appears to be pictured on public transport in the CCTV image shared on Twitter by police.

Officers have also found a red Renault Clio they say is linked to the case, it’s emerged.

Three people have died and several others have been injured after the attack on a tram in a city in the Dutch city.

Police, including an anti-terror unit, have been deployed to the scene at 24 October Square.

Images from the scene show a tram stopped in the middle of a junction surrounded by emergency emergency service vehicles.

Police Utrecht confirmed there are “multiple injuries” and said a manhunt is underway as at least one gunman is on the run.

Police tweeted a photo of Tanis with words, which translate to: “The police are asking you to look out for the 37-year-old Gökman Tanis (born in Turkey) in connection with the incident this morning at it 24oktoberplein In Utrecht.

“Do not Approach him, but call directly the Opsporingstip line 0800-6070.”

The head of the Dutch Counter-Terrorism Agency said there was shooting at “several” locations in Utrecht, which is 25 miles south of Amsterdam.

Dutch police said the shooter “may have had a terrorist motive” and that there may have been more than one perpatrator.

Primary schools in Utrecht have been put on lockdown and all mosques have been evacuated. Everyone in the city has been told to stay inside.

An eyewitness called Jimmy de Koster told RTV he saw saw four men shoot a woman who dropped to the ground as she screamed : “I didn’t do anything”.

He said: “I came from work when it happened. I was standing at the traffic lights in the square and see a woman, I think she is between 20 and 35.

“At that moment I heard pang pang pang three times, four men walked very fast towards her and they tried to drag her away and then I heard pang pang pang and those guys let go of that woman again.”

Another eyewitness told NRC that a man got up and started shooting “with a big gun”.

“I was in the back of the tram. He shot around, but seemed to be aiming at people sitting on the benches – everyone ducked away,” she said.

“The conductor did not open the doors immediately. Two boys next to me kicked in a window, so I fled outside. More people did that. ”

It is not known how many people have been injured.

The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is holding crisis talks with the government following the shooting and said he is “very worried”.

Police confirmed a gunman opened fire at 10.45am local time [9.45am GMT] this morning.

Source: Mirror