In a startling event on Wednesday evening, a shooting erupted in the bustling central area of Brussels, on Avenue de la Toison d'Or. The incident resulted in four injuries, with one victim's life hanging in the balance. The shooting, which took place in the district of Ixelles, has no indications of being a terrorist act, according to the Brussels police department and the Mayor of Ixelles, Christos Doulkeridis.
Victims and Immediate Aftermath
The victims included an assistant to a European People's Party (EPP) member of the European Parliament (EP), as disclosed by Politico. The assistant, a woman employed by a Swedish representative of the party, was rushed to the hospital with injuries deemed non-life-threatening. As the shooter or shooters managed to escape before the arrival of the police, the scene was quickly flooded with ambulances to transport the injured parties.
The Deputy Prosecutor referred the case as an attempted murder to an investigating judge. Preliminary findings from the probe suggest the incident could be tied to a gang-related settlement. A witness provided a harrowing account of the incident, describing a man firing multiple volleys in the heart of Avenue de la Toison d'Or. The Brussels prosecutor's office is slated to release additional information on the unsettling occurrence on Thursday morning.