Three Dutch soldiers shot dead outside Indiana Hotel, two in critical condition

Three Dutch soldiers were shot dead outside a hotel in Indianapolis on Saturday morning, according to the Dutch Ministry of Defense.

Police say two of the soldiers are in critical condition after the shooting. However, the Dutch Ministry of Defense said earlier that one of the injured soldiers was in critical condition, while the other two are “conscious and accessible”. In a statement, the ministry said soldiers from the Dutch Commando Corps were staying at the hotel while taking part in a military exercise.

“The shooting took place in front of the hotel where the commandos are staying. They are in the state of Indiana on exercise. The incident occurred during military time off,” the Department of Defense said. in a statement posted on its website. “The families of the victims have been notified. Local police are investigating the cause of the shooting. No one has been arrested yet.”

In a statement emailed to Newsweekthe Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said detectives did not believe the shooting was random and there was “no immediate threat to the area”.

Above, an Indianapolis police car in Monument Circle is seen July 16, 2015. Three Dutch soldiers were shot dead outside a hotel in Indianapolis on Saturday morning, according to the Dutch Department of Defense.
Raymond Boyd

The department said officers arrived at S. Meridian Street just before 4 a.m. Saturday and found the three men with injuries “consistent with gunshot wounds.”

“Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) arrived and transported all three victims to an area hospital. Two of the victims are listed in critical condition and the third victim is listed in stable condition,” said said the department.

Police said preliminary information suggests “a disturbance occurred between the victims and the suspect(s) which resulted in the shooting.”

Other incidents of gun violence

In another incident in June, a US soldier was shot dead at a house party. Army Sergeant Emmett Moore was at a party in Parkland, Washington when the incident happened. First responders attempted to use first aid and CPR to rescue him at the scene.

“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Sergeant Moore,” 1-14 CAV Battalion Commander Lt. Col. John Tisserand said in a statement at the time, according to KIRO 7 News. “This is an extremely difficult time for the Warhorse family. Our main mission now is to care for the family members of our deceased soldier.”

In Miami Beach, Florida, in July, police said a man shot and killed a hotel employee after he was refused entry to a nightclub. Officials said the man tried to sneak into a Clevelander Hotel nightclub and, after being asked to leave, pulled out a gun and opened fire on the employee.

In January, a shooting at a Washington DC hotel left one dead and four injured. The incident happened at the Days Inn by Wyndham hotel.

Update 8/27/22, 1:02 PM ET: This story has been updated with additional information and information.


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