Almere gunshot victim dies, police quiet on motive

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Police investigation on Hendrik Marsmanstraat in Almere after a shooting on Dec 15th, 2015 (Photo: @robert19_68/Twitter)Police investigation on Hendrik Marsmanstraat in Almere after a shooting on Dec 15th, 2015 (Photo: @robert19_68/Twitter)

The victim of the shooting incident on Hendrik Marsmanstraat in Almere on Tuesday morning passed away. The only information the police released so far is that the victim is a 56-year-old man from Almere who did not have a criminal record. The motive for the shooting remains unclear.

The police responded to reports of the soothing around 6:55 a.m. on Tuesday. At the scene they found a severely wounded man. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, where he died of his injuries.

A few minutes after the shooting the police received a report of a burning car on Wodananstraat. The police launched an investigation into whether these two incidents are related, but haven't reported any findings so far.

A shooting followed by the discovery of a burnt-out getaway car is the method used in many of the gang-related assassinations in Amsterdam over the past few years.

The shooting incident caused much unrest in the Literatuurwijk. Local residents are shocked that something like this happened in their neighborhood. "It is a very quiet neighborhood and many children play here", Dofl Vergeer said to Dichtbij shortly after the shooting. "I can't even imagine what might have happened if kids happened to be nearby during the shooting. These days you hear more and more about these kinds of horrible things. Just look a the two dead found in that house in Lelystad on Sunday. Society is becoming harder and harder."

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