Man shot and killed in Amstelveen, shooter still at large

A man was shot dead yesterday evening in Amstelveen, with a child in the backseat of his car. The shooting is thought to be related to gang rivalries, and was the third shooting in the Amsterdam area yesterday.

A 39 year old resident of Amstelveen was shot in a parking lot outside a gym there last night and killed. During the assassination, there was a four year old child in the back seat of the car. The child is not physically injured and is now with their family.

The shooting was probably a liquidation connected to gang rivalry, according to the police. The victim was already  known to the police, and according to Het Parool, he is possibly the  criminal Rachid Kotar. Kotar was said to be part of a gang in conflict with the gang led by Ridouan Taghi, a wanted criminal.

The police have not yet been able to arrest any suspects, according to NOS. They put out a call for a silver Volkswagen van, but withdrew it after the getaway vehicle was found burnt out in Duivendrecht.

This was the third shooting in Amsterdam yesterday, but the first in which casualties occurred. At 5:30am on Thursday, there were shootings in Amsterdam-Zuidoost and Diemen, but no one was injured.

Feature image: Dickelbers/Wikipedia.

Ailish Lalor
Ailish was born in Sydney, Australia, but grew up by a forest in south-east Ireland, which she has attempted to replace with a living room filled with plants in The Hague. Besides catering to her army of pannenkoekenplantjes, Ailish spends her days convincing her friends that all food is better slightly burnt, plotting ways to hang out with dogs and cats, and of course, writing for DutchReview.


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