Saturday 17 August 2019

Toddler, 2, still in hospital after Helmond high street shooting

Forensic experts at the scene of the shooting. Photo: Politie.nl

The two-year-old toddler hit by gunfire in Helmond on Monday afternoon remains in hospital where she is being treated for injuries to her leg, police have confirmed.

The child was sitting on the back of her mother’s bike when she was hit by a bullet. A 15-year-old girl was also hit in the arm, but she was released on Monday after treatment. She had been walking to school with friends.

The victims, both local, were hit when a gunman opened fire on a carĀ  at the junction of Helmondse Molenstraat and Noord Koninginnewal around 3.30 in the afternoon.

‘It is quite shocking that this could happen in broad daylight on a shopping street,’ Helmond mayor Elly Blanksma said in a statement. ‘It is unacceptable that innocent children are hit by gun fire.’

Police are still trying to trace both the shooter who drove off at high speed, and the intended victim, who ran off leaving his car behind.

A 23-year-old local man who was arrested on Tuesday afternoon was released on Tuesday evening and is no longer a suspect, police said.

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