3 Killed at Jewish Museum, Suspect Detained

Officials in Brussels raise anti-terror measures

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 24, 2014 10:55 AM CDT | Updated May 24, 2014 5:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – Three people were shot dead and a fourth seriously wounded in an armed attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels today, officials said. Police detained one suspect and were looking for a second. The bloodshed, which came on the eve of national and European Parliament elections, led officials to immediately raise anti-terror measures. Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, who was in the vicinity, said the scene "was terrible and left me shocked" as he saw the bodies of two of the victims lying at the entrance of the museum, located in the swanky Sablon neighborhood of Belgium's capital.

Reynders said that "you cannot help to think that when we see a Jewish museum, you think of an anti-Semitic act. But the investigation will have to show the causes." Interior Minister Joelle Milquet told reporters that the shooter apparently parked a car outside before entering the Jewish Museum. She added the gunman "apparently fired rather quickly, went outside and left." The three dead were two women and a man, and all were struck by bullets in the face or throat, said the prosecutor's office. One suspect was detained after he drove away from the museum, and one who left on foot is being sought. Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo expressed support for the Jewish community, saying, "All Belgians are united." Click for more on the story.

Forensic experts examine the site of a shooting at the Jewish museum in Brussels, Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Forensic experts examine the site of a shooting at the Jewish museum in Brussels, Saturday, May 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
Some flowers were put close to the site of a shooting at the Jewish museum in Brussels, Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Some flowers were put close to the site of a shooting at the Jewish museum in Brussels, Saturday, May 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
A banner shows the facade of the Jewish museum, the site of a shooting in Brussels, Saturday, May 24, 2014.
A banner shows the facade of the Jewish museum, the site of a shooting in Brussels, Saturday, May 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
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