(NPR) Police in Utrecht are looking for Gokmen Tanis, a 37-year-old who was born in Turkey, in connection with a shooting aboard a tram at the 24 Oktoberplein tram station.

March 18, 20198:10 AM ET
BILL CHAPPELL

Updated at 12:21 p.m. ET

Dutch police are searching for a man who opened fire inside a tram in the city of Utrecht, killing three people and wounding five others late Monday morning. Police say they're investigating a "possible terrorist motive" for the attack.

Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen confirmed the three deaths in a video update around 3 p.m. local time, saying that three of the wounded are facing serious injuries.

Within hours of the attack, police released the name and image of a man they want to find in connection with the shooting: Gokmen Tanis, 37, who was born in Turkey. Police warned anyone who sees Tanis not to approach him but instead to contact the authorities.

Tanis was previously known to police. He has a varied criminal record that includes attempted manslaughter in 2013 — when he was accused of firing a gun at an apartment building in the same area as Monday's attack, according to local broadcaster RTV Utrecht. And earlier this month, Tanis appeared in court over a rape allegation from 2017, the agency reports.

Details are still emerging about the shooting, which took place around 10:45 a.m. local time (5:45 a.m. ET).


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