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Brussels Museum Gunman Videotaped Himself During Shooting Spree

New security tape footage shows the lone gunman, who killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels Saturday, had a camera mounted to his chest

By: Daniel Koren

Published: May 26th, 2014 in News » World

Brussels Museum Gunman Videotaped Himself During Shooting Spree

The world experienced a tragic loss Saturday after a lone gunman opened fire at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, wounding several people, and killing four innocent victims.

A 23-year-old employee at the museum, Alexandre Sterns, was in critical condition after the attack, but succumbed to his injuries Sunday, bringing the death toll to four.

Other victims include a French volunteer of the museum in her 60's, and an Israeli couple who were in Belgium as tourists, Miriam and Emmanuel Riva, both in their fifties.

They leave behind two teenage daughters, aged 15 and 17.

“This is the first anti-Jewish attack in Brussels since World War II,” said Dr. Maurice Sosnowski, Head of the Jewish community of Belgium.

“The Jewish community is in good standing with everyone, even the Muslim community,” added another Jewish official to Yediot Ahronot.

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also spoke out against the attack. “This act of murder is the result of constant incitement against Jews and their state,” said Netanyahu.

“I urge all the leaders of Europe – do not take anti-Semitic incidents lightly,” added Peres. “Each incident calls for a powerful response. European leaders must wage war against anti-Semitism, as it rears its head in many European countries.”

Police have since launched a nation-wide manhunt for the gunman, who authorities believed acted by himself. According to new reports, and grainy video surveillance footage, the gunman had videotaped the attack with a camera mounted to his chest.

The security footage shows the man wearing a personal GoPro camera to document his shooting spree. Many have since speculated, in fear, that the footage will be used for anti-Semitic propaganda.

The black-and-white security footage shows the man entering the museum's corridor with two bags, placing them on the ground and removing an AK-47 assault rifle, before firing at people inside while remaining near the entrance of the museum.

The man can be seen wearing a baseball cap, and is hard to get a clear look at his face.

Approximately 2,000 people gathered outside the museum on Sunday to mourn the loss of the four victims, who died of such a senseless tragedy.

Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo has harshly condemned the attacks, saying that Belgium stands with its Jewish community of 40,000. He also called Prime Minister Netanyahu to "to express the deep solidarity of Belgium with the Israeli population."

Netanyahu, afterwards, was quoted as saying that the Belgian PM was the "only European leader who called me about this matter."

Our hearts go out to the families of the victims.

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