Belgian drug criminal killed in another Rotterdam shooting

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New Dutch police uniforms feature a broad yellow stripe (photo: Politie)New Dutch police uniforms feature a broad yellow stripe (photo: Politie)

One person was killed as the result of a shooting on Socratesstraat in the southern part of Rotterdam around 10:30 p.m. on Friday.  Police reported that the victim was struck by several bullets, but found alive by first responders.

He was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The man died in the hospital on Saturday evening. 

Samir B., a 29-year-old convicted of drug offenses, was identified as the victim by Belgian news outlet Het  Laatste  Nieuws said, citing sources in Antwerp. The Dutch police did not formally identify the victim, and only announced that the man was a Belgian.

In 2015, B. was sentenced to three years of imprisonment. According to the police, he had been living for several months on Socratesstraat in Rotterdam.

Witnesses near the scene of the shooting reported hearing several shots. Witnesses also reported seeing a darker skinned man with a red bag fleeing from the scene after the shots, though it is unclear if he was involved in the crime.

The police in Rotterdam said they were conducting an extensive investigation and manhunt. They hope to receive clues from surveillance cameras in the area, or from any person that could provide insight into the crime.

The shooting was one of at least eight known shooting incidents in Rotterdam since December 21.