Three Dutch commandos wounded in shooting in Indianapolis’ entertainment district: Two are in critical condition
- Three members of the Dutch Commando Corps were found wounded by police outside of a Hampton Inn in Indianapolis around 3:30 am
- Two of the men are in critical condition in a local hospital
- Police have said that there were plenty of witnesses to the shooting but that no arrests have been made
- The group were in Indiana has part of a training program
Three Dutch commandos were wounded in a shooting in Indianapolis’ entertainment district around 3:30 am on Saturday morning.
At least two of the soldiers in critical condition following the attack, according to a Dutch Ministry of Defense spokesperson who was speaking to NL Times.
The NL Times report says that there was an argument prior to the shooting.
The ministry spokesperson said: ‘The shooting took place in front of the hotel where the commandos are staying. The incident happened during the military members’ free time.’
DailyMail.com has reached out to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Dutch defense ministry for comment.
The three are members of the Dutch Commando Corps and were in Indiana as part of training program. The group was staying at a local Hampton Inn.
At least two of the soldiers in critical condition following the attack, according to a Dutch Ministry of Defense spokesperson
The three wounded men are members of the Dutch Commando Corps, the group’s insignia is shown here, they were in Indianapolis are part of a training program
Police were called to the Hampton Inn around 3:30 am where they found the three wounded men lying outside of the hotel, reports Fox59.
The station reports that police have multiple witnesses but said that no arrests have been made. The shooting did not take place inside the hotel.
Authorities in Indiana said that they do not believe that the shooting was random and that there is no threat to the public.
Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reports that the wounded men are members of the anti-terrorism 108 Commando Company. The group is training at a facility designed to teach urban combat.
Although fatal shootings are down in Indianapolis compared to 2021’s record-breaking figure of 271, 2022 is still on pace to the be the second deadliest year in the city’s history, reports Fox59.
Despite the lower overall homicide rate, nearly twice as many juveniles have been killed on the city’s streets compared to the same time last year.
Authorities in Indiana said that they do not believe that the shooting was random and that there is no threat to the public
Police were called to the Hampton Inn around 3:30 am where they found the three wounded men lying outside of the hotel
The Dutch defense department said that the victims families have been notified.
The US and Dutch militaries have long standing ties. In July 2022, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with his Dutch counterpart, Kajsa Ollongren, at the Pentagon.
Speaking to the media after meeting, Austin thanked the Dutch for their support of Ukraine following the Russian invasion.
The two countries collaborate in combatting drug smuggling in the Caribbean, Austin said. He added: ‘I know that the Netherlands is also committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific.’
In recent years, the Dutch have purchased F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and MQ-9 Reaper drones from the US.
Ollongren also mentioned the collaborations between the US and Dutch militaries in tackling cyber crime. She said: ‘Our relationship is based on common commitment, freedom and rights.’