Mayor Eberhard van der Laan has called a fatal shooting in Amsterdam, the “wild west,” after armed assailants killed two men in an attack.
Two motorcycle policemen, who chased the unknown attackers following Saturday night’s killing, were “very close” to being shot but “thankfully got away,” Amsterdam’s mayor said on Sunday.
Dutch police reported both victims dead on Sunday. One died after being sprayed with bullets from automatic weapons, while the other died from injuries in hospital.
Witnesses on the scene said the attackers, in an Audi A4, were chasing the victims, who were in a black Range Rover with French license plates. The victims got out onto the street after the perpetrators rammed their car.
Police have yet to release the identity of the suspects and victims. Witnesses said the shooters were wearing balaclavas.
A large team of police officers, who have so far found the Audi abandoned in Amsterdam and several shell casings on the scene of the crime, are still investigating the case.
Laan said the number of cases of murder and manslaughter in Amsterdam is historically low. This statement comes despite several shooting crimes there in recent months. Ten days ago, two men suffered serious injuries from a shooting in Amsterdam.