Man shot on Breda street; mistaken identity suspected

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A 53-year-old man was injured in a shooting on a Breda street on Saturday evening. The police are investigating who is responsible for the shooting and are calling on witnesses to come forward. The victim's family believes it may have been a case of mistaken identity. "This does not fit into our lives", his son said to Omroep Brabant.

According to the police, the shooting happened around 6:00 p.m. on Saturday on Haagweg, near Weerijssingel. The victim, who does not have a fixed residence in the Netherlands, came walking out of a shop when he was fired upon from out of a car. He was hit in the abdomen and leg and rushed to the hospital. His condition is stable.

Witnesses told Omroep Brabant that four or five shots were fired. The perpetrators fled in a dark colored car down Rietmeakerstraat.

"They simply had the wrong person. We're hearing those signals more and more", the victim's son said to Omroep Brabant. "No one in our family has problems with anyone. This does not fit into our lives." He added that his father is doing better, and while he can remember the shooting, did not see who shot him.

The police immediately launched a large-scale investigation, including a forensic investigation for trace evidence at the scene and a neighborhood investigations. Surrounding residents and businesses who have surveillance cameras facing the crime scene are asked to check whether the footage holds anything relevant and report it to the police. Investigators call on witnesses to come forward.

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