Perpetrator deadly shooting Utrecht held


Dader dodelijke schietpartij Utrecht aangehouden

The police distributed this image of the perpetrator of the shooting rampage in Utrecht.

The suspect of a deadly shooting on the tram in Utrecht is held. The 37-year-old Gökmen Tanis came repeatedly in contact with the court.

After a long manhunt, the Dutch police Gökmen Tanis held, for his involvement in the deadly shooting at the 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht Monday morning. The confirmation of his arrest came about 18: 30. Tanis was arrested in the Old North, a street in Utrecht.

Questions about the arrest and wanted the police and mayor Jan van Zanen not answer.

However, at the press conference confirmed that the police Tanis on the track has come through his getaway car. Several witnesses had the shooter around 10.45 opened fire on a tram afterwards see to get away in a red Renault Clio. Just before the shooting incident, according to police near a car gecarjackt which the description conforms. The car was at 12.40 pm is detected by the police. Evidence led to the 37-year-old man, incidentally, is no stranger to justice, report Dutch media.

According to the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad he was on 4 march for the court in Utrecht in connection with a verkrachtingszaak from 2017. RTV Utrecht reports that Tanis was also previously came into contact with the court: for attempted murder because he in december of 2013 with a firearm would have shot in the direction of a block of flats in Kanaleneiland, the same district where the shooting took place.

In addition, would his name also be associated with a series of smaller crimes, such as threat and insult of a woman, threat and insult from police, burglary, shoplifting, driving under the influence and urinating in a police cell. The offences took place between 2012 and 2017, it is unclear whether he was condemned.


At one of the homes was also another suspect held, but it is not yet clear whether and / or how he is involved in the incident. According to NOS it would go to the brother of the suspect.

About the motive of the shooter, do different theories of the round, the police close provisionally any piste. Utrecht mayor Jan van Zanen was previously going out of a terrorist act, but there are also rumours about the motives of the relational atmosphere is the round, because the shooter, according to witnesses, especially a woman, in particular, would have endorsed.