The 15-year-old youth shot and seriously injured in Oss on Saturday evening is a refugee who lives in a shelter in the Brabant town, officials have confirmed to broadcaster NOS.
The boy was shot at close range by someone on a bicycle and rushed to hospital where he remains in a serious condition, NOS said. Police are still hunting for the shooter.
The police have also urged people to stop sharing video doorbell footage of the shooting on social media out of respect for the boy and his family.
That footage shows the youngster standing with his bike and talking to another person who has a bike with a trailer. The shooter then comes from behind, shoots the teenager and cycles off.
Oss has had an emergency shelter for refugees since 2016, many of whom come from Syria and Afghanistan. The town also provides housing to a number of Ukrainians.
Shelter residents have been deeply shocked by the shooting, Angelo Schuurmans from the Thuis in Oss refugee organisation told local media outlet Dtv Nieuws. “We are a tight community of locals and volunteers,” he said.