Dutch student (21) paralysed for life. “Lightly tanned youths speaking street-language” shot him “for no reason”
The Dutch Police are soliciting the public for information on a shooting in Groningen. A 21-year-old student had worked in a cinema on the Saturday night of October 14, after which he had gone out with friends. Afterwards, he cycled back home alone. Around 05:00 he drove along the Korreweg, where three “lightly tanned” men called out to him. They asked him if he wanted to drink. The student, who didn’t know the men, politely stopped and told them he didn’t want a drink.
Nobody knows exactly what happened next. The three men surrounded him, he was attacked and suddenly he heard a bang. That turned out to be a gunshot. The student was hit, managed to run away, but was shot at a couple more times while attempting to flee. Medical examination has shown that one of the bullets has paralysed him from the waist down for the rest of his life. In Dutch newspaper Dagblad van het Noorden, an anonymous witness is quoted as saying he heard four shots, in quick succession, after which he saw the gunman run away and get in a Mazda:
“The victim stumbled forward another twelve meters. He collapsed near a traffic sign. He was still concious, was intelligible, but also clearly in shock. He had a lot of blood streaming across his throat.“
A passer-by made sure the victim was brought to a hospital as quickly as possible. The police were out searching for clues while he was being operated on. Witness statements lead to a 19-year-old man being apprehended as the suspected shooter that same morning. When asked about this quick result, the police officer being interviewed for Wanted (Opsporing Verzocht) said that one of the men was seen driving away in a green Mazda Premacy. The police were able to find it and arrested the driver. But there were three men involved and the police want to arrest all three as quickly as possible.
All three men were ‘lightly tanned’, which is the euphemism usually employed for those of North African descent. They were in their early twenties and, according to the victim spoke in “street language”, a heavily accented urban patois. The student says that when he was shot, the other two shouted at the shooter, like they didn’t agree with him shooting. The police hopes of course that they will turn themselves in.
After the shooting, one of the three men drove off on a bicycle, while another ran of in the direction of the Balistraat/Padangstraat. The apprehended suspect drove off that night in a green Mazda Premacy.
The police now know that this car was seen earlier that night at the cafeteria De Winding on the Bedumerweg a few hundred meters from the Korreweg. At that time there were four, lightly tinted, men in the car. Consequently, the police would like to know who were in the car when it was at the cafeteria and if there is private surveillance footage of that car that night.
Police and mayor are confounded. The police called the case “such a serious matter, it has to be cleared“, while mayor Den Oudsten called on the city to “embrace the family” of the victim:
“We must try to support the family as best as possible in this horror-scenario. I sincerely hope that there are options, medically speaking, to improve the situation of the victim. And I hope just as sincerely, that the perpetrators are apprehended.“