The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, today expressed his condolences to the victims of the shooting that this morning shook the Dutch city of Utrecht and their families, and said that "the European Union is with the Netherlands and its citizens in these difficult times. "
"I just spoke with (the Prime Minister of the Netherlands) Mark Rutte for updates on the situation in Utrecht The European Union is with the Netherlands and its citizens in these difficult times My thoughts are with the injured and their families" , Juncker tweeted.
The president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, also showed his support to the relatives of the victims of the shooting and to the Dutch authorities.
"Europe must be united in the face of violence and attacks against our citizens," Tajani stressed in his Twitter account.
On the other hand, the Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, said that the thoughts of the country are with the "Dutch friends" and added that the security services are "vigilant" and closely monitor the situation in Utrecht.
"We are ready to help, to the best of our ability," he added on Twitter.
The incident took place this Monday around 10.45 local time (09.45 GMT) and has left at least three dead and nine injured, as confirmed by the mayor of the city, Jan van Zanen.
The gunman is missing and the Dutch police are looking for Gökman Tanis, 37, who was born in Turkey, for his possible connection to the attack.