Three people have been reported dead, while five others are wounded in the attack that happened in the early hours of Monday, at the central city of Utrecht, Netherland.
The Dutch security forces are now after a suspect, Gökmen Tanis.
Tanis is a 37-year-old Turkish man, who is suspected to be the gunman the authorities reportedly described as a terrorist attack.
“The shooting in Utrecht has all the characteristics of a terrorist attack”, the Dutch counter-terrorism agency said on their website.
Dutch anti-terrorism co-ordinator, Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, in a press conference, said: “We cannot exclude a terrorist motive.”
Utrecht is Netherlands’ fourth largest city, with a population of about 340,000
Prime Minister, Mark Rutte expressed his deep concerned, saying the country has been “jolted by an attack“, which he termed as “deeply disturbing“, disclosing that an emergency meeting has been summoned concerning the issue.
People have however been warned not to approach the suspect for security purpose.