Two people killed in separate shootings in Brussels

Two shootings took place last night in the Brussels municipalities of Laeken and Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, each leaving one person dead. The public prosecutor's office will issue more information on the events later on Sunday.

The first shooting took place in Laeken on Saturday night, leaving one person dead, police said on Sunday morning.

Police received a report of shots fired in Rue Steyls in Laeken just before midnight, and several patrols were dispatched. A seriously injured person was found at the scene.

Officers tried to resuscitate the man but he succumbed to his injuries a short time later, said Ilse Van de keere, spokesperson for the Brussels police zone.

The perpetrator or perpetrators are still at large. A security zone has been set up and the police presence in the area has been increased, Van de keere said. The investigation is ongoing and the public prosecutor's office will provide more information later in the day.

Shooting in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode

Later the same night, another fatal shooting took place in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode. "At around 3.00 on 24 March, police inspectors from the Brussels North police heard gunshots," said spokesperson Audrey Dereymaeker.

"They immediately went to the scene of the shooting in the Rue de la Prairie and found a victim with a gunshot wound, to whom they gave first aid," said Dereymaeker.

"The perpetrators are still being sought, and the investigation is ongoing"

"The victim, who was in a critical condition, was quickly attended to by the emergency services but unfortunately died in hospital. The perpetrators are still being sought, and the investigation is ongoing," she said.

The public prosecutor's office was immediately informed and will release further information later today, police said.



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