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Fourth victim of Utrecht, Netherlands, tram shooting dies

By Danielle Haynes
Dutch prosecutors said the gunman now faces four counts of murder with the objective of terrorism. Photo by Ricardo Smit/EPA-EFE
Dutch prosecutors said the gunman now faces four counts of murder with the objective of terrorism. Photo by Ricardo Smit/EPA-EFE

March 28 (UPI) -- A fourth victim injured in a shooting aboard a tram in Utrecht, Netherlands, last week died Thursday, the Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office said.

Officials said the 74-year-old man from De Meern died from his injuries, though declined to reveal the cause of death.

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The man was injured March 18 when a gunman opened fire on a tram at the 24 October Square station before leading police on an hours-long manhunt across the city. Turkish national Gokmen Tanis, 37, confessed to the shooting and said he acted alone.

Police said they found a letter in a getaway car he used that makes them believe the shooting was a terror attack.

Prosecutors said Tanis now faces four counts of murder with terroristic objective.

In addition to the 74-year-old man, the dead include a 19-year-old woman, a 28-year-old man and a 49-year-old man. Prosecutors said one of the two seriously injured victims was in the hospital as of Thursday.

Investigators said it doesn't appear the gunman knew any of the victims.

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