1 dead, several injured in Dutch tram shooting; police investigate ‘possible terrorist motive’

At least one person was killed and several people were wounded Monday when a gunman opened fire aboard a commuter train in the Dutch city of Utrecht in what police say may have been an act of terror, according to local reports.

Police anti-terrorism units and helicopters responded to the scene at 24 Oktoberplein, a busy traffic intersection in a residential neighborhood. The shooter was still at large.

Television footage showed what appeared to be a covered body lying next to the tram.

“Several shots were fired in a tram and several people were injured. Helicopters are at the scene and no arrests have been made,” police spokesman Joost Lanshage said.

“A possible terrorist motive is part of the investigation,” police said on Twitter.

Anti-terror coordinator Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said the “threat level has gone to 5, exclusively for the Utrecht province,” referring to the highest level.

“The culprit is still on the run. A terror motive cannot be excluded,” he tweeted.

Dutch police say they are looking for at least one person who may have fled by car.

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