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Death Toll Rises After Tram Shooting In The Netherlands

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The death toll after a tram shooting in the Netherlands has risen to four after a 74-year-old man who was seriously wounded succumbed to his injuries, Dutch prosecutors said Thursday.

Prosecutors plan to adjust charges against accused gunman Gokmen Tanis to four counts of murder or manslaughter, carried out with terrorist intent, reported Channel NewsAsia.

Authorities went on a manhunt for Tanis, a 37-year-old Turkish-born man, after he fatally shot three people and injured five others in the Dutch city of Utrecht on March 18. The first three victims were a 19-year-old woman, a 28-year-old man and a 49-year-old father. Tanis reportedly admitted guilt on the three charges in relation to their deaths. (RELATED: Accused Utrecht Shooter Admits Guilt, Faces Terror-Related Charges: Dutch Prosecutors)

Authorities linked the shooting to possible terrorist motives.

People attend a silent march in Utrecht in honour of the people wounded or killed in an attack on a tram on Monday, in Utrecht, Netherlands March 22, 2019. The banner reads: "Muslims peace with humanity. You and us descendants of Adam" REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

People attend a silent march in Utrecht in honour of the people wounded or killed in an attack on a tram on Monday, in Utrecht, Netherlands March 22, 2019. The banner reads: “Muslims peace with humanity. You and us descendants of Adam” REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Handout still image taken from CCTV footage shows a man who has been named as a suspect in Monday's shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands, in a still image from CCTV footage released by the Utrecht Police on March 18, 2019 REUTERS/Utrecht Police/Handout via Reuters

Handout still image taken from CCTV footage shows a man who has been named as a suspect in Monday’s shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands, in a still image from CCTV footage released by the Utrecht Police on March 18, 2019 REUTERS/Utrecht Police/Handout via Reuters

“We are working on the assumption of a terrorist motive,” Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen said March 18. “We think there is just one perpetrator, but we cannot exclude the possibly of there being several perpetrators.”

The shooting occurred just days after the deadly mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15. All mosques in Utrecht were evacuated by authorities and security was upped at other mosques around the Netherlands, reported The New York Times. Authorities did not say whether the evacuations were due to a specific threat or were done to be extra careful after Christchurch.

Utrecht is a city of about 330,000 people located 25 miles from the Netherlands’ capital, Amsterdam.

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