Fortuyn shot dead by unknown gunman
6 May 2002, AMSTERDAM — Right-wing Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was shot dead by an unidentified gunman on Monday night, Dutch media reports said.
6 May 2002
AMSTERDAM — Right-wing Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was shot dead by an unidentified gunman on Monday night, Dutch media reports said.
Eyewitnesses said Fortuyn was shot several times and police confirmed his shooting. Most media reports said Fortuyn was killed.
Reports said Fortuyn was shot at least six times in the head, chest and neck, as he was departing from an interview on Radio 3 in Hilversum, near Amsterdam.
The assassination of Fortuyn, 54, came just nine days before national elections.
An Associated Press report said opinion polls were predicting the flamboyant politician — who was campaigning on an anti-immigration platform — would lead one of the largest parties in parliament.
Dutch television said paramedics treated Fortuyn where he fell at the entrance to the Radio 3 building and he was not taken to hospital. Eyewitnesses said a white sheet was draped over his body lying on the pavement.
No information was immediately available about the assailant, but Dutch television said at least four people chased him as he fled.
The Volkskrant newspaper quoted unconfirmed reports saying that police had arrested a male suspect.
Prime Minister Wim Kok broke off campaigning in the city of Haarlem for the 15 May general elections.
All political parties agreed to halt their election campaigns.
[Copyright Expatica News 2002]
Subject: Dutch news