The Dutch student who killed a 14-year-old girl, her mother and a university professor in a twin shooting spree in Rotterdam was a neo-Nazi and self-professed alcoholic who had previously feuded with his lecturers, it has emerged.
The 32-year-old suspect, named as Fouad L., was arrested by armed police after he allegedly killed a mother and a daughter in their own home and set it on fire before travelling to the nearby Erasmus medical university where he shot dead a 43-year-old professor.
Fouad L., who is understood to be a former student at Erasmus, had first burst into a house in the Dutch city and opened fire, killing a 39-year-old woman and seriously injuring her 14-year-old daughter who later died in hospital.
The suspected shooter then moved to the Erasmus medical centre, where he launched Molotov cocktails and rained bullets at staff, killing professor Jurgen Damen, 43, before he set fire to another part of the facility.
Terrified medics were seen running for their lives from the building, while others trapped on the higher floors begged for help by putting desperate posters on the windows. Elite police stormed the hospital before they arrested the suspect.
It has since emerged that Fouad L. appeared to be an avid 4chan user who spoke about his deeply troubled past which included a conviction for torturing his rabbit in 2021 while drunk according to Dutch media.
Local media reports said the mother he killed in the shooting, who has not been named, was the one who reported Fouad L for the animal abuse, which saw the former student lose his job and place at the university. Police are investigating this as a possible motive.
Prosecutors had warned the university hospital earlier this year about whether to accept Fouad L as a student after it emerged that he had images of people being stabbed on his phone as well as Nazi material when police responded to the report of animal abuse in 2021.
His posts to the message board 4chan, commonly associated with the far-right, also reveal a shocking and consistent use of racial slurs relating to Jewish and Black people too offensive for publication as he railed against former professors at the university.
He also claimed to be a ‘f***ing genius’ in several posts, adding that he was ‘bordering on predicting the future.’
Upon his arrest in 2021 for animal abuse, officers found two crossbows in his home, which prosecutors described as ‘unhygienic’, ‘dirty’ and covered in ‘animal feces’, according to the leaked documents.
The suspect’s 4Chan post about the incident read: ‘Police got really triggered by the p*** bottles, its just bed pots, why does it trigger normies so much?’
In one post to 4Chan, he claimed that he was consistently suspended from his classes after a former Erasmus professor felt he was ‘arrogant for not apologizing for being late to his useless… class,’ and went on to make an antisemitic remark about the professor.
He said that he was consistently picked on by university staff and took his anger out on the rabbit, writing: ‘[I was] being tortured by my unjust suspension and I acted it out on the rabbit in a Freudian drunk [sic] stupor.’
‘I did what I did only due to mortal levels of alcohol in my blood and deep trauma from being suspended for the X amount of times over bull*** normie crap which legit pushed me over the edge,’ he wrote in another post in the thread.
‘Do you not ask what brutal torture would lead a man to these actions,’ he asks another 4Chan user who questioned why he abused the rabbit.
Investigating officers also found disturbing material on his phone, which included images and videos of people being stabbed to death, as well as several ‘Nazi-related and right-wing extremist images.’
Fouad L. was also taken to court for allegedly shooting a pigeon through the chest, though the case was dismissed by a Dutch judge after they ruled that police did not provide sufficient evidence.
He was also taken to court after he kicked and threw a dog about his garden, an incident that was caught on tape by witnesses, but it is not known whether he was ever convicted of animal abuse in this case.
The 4Chan account believed to be linked to Fouad L. made several posts airing out his grievances with his university, claiming that he keeps ‘getting suspended for 6 months every year’ as he cannot connect with any of his teachers or fellow students.
‘My dear asperger brothers, with my whole heart I strongly recommend you to just go NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) and never try to do anything in academics, especially if you’re not a cuck and insist on speaking your mind like a man,’ he wrote in one post.
‘You will be chewed out and you will realize too late that your success has nothing to do with your actual results but on how much other ”humans” (normies) like you.’
He says that the reason he is unable to connect with other people is due to his self-proclaimed intelligence, and likens himself several times to a ‘clairvoyant genius.’
‘I’m such a f***ing genius I never even had to learn to lie. I straight up carried myself on pure genius. I never needed to develop any kind of social skills or ability to fake emotional intelligence.’
The revelations of his 4Chan posts come hours after the professor he allegedly slaughtered, who shot him at the university he taught at, was been named and pictured for the first time.
Jurgen Damen was one of three people killed in a twin shooting in the port city of Rotterdam on Thursday afternoon.
Terrified students, patients and health workers ran for their lives out of the Erasmus Medical Centre, affiliated with Erasmus University, at around 2pm on Thursday in the port city of Rotterdam.
It is understood that the mother and daughter, who were attacked in their home, lived near the suspected shooter on Heirman Dullaertplein, near the centre of Rotterdam.
Jurgen worked as a GP for the Katendrecht Health Center, run by the Zonboog foundation, since 2010.
In 2013, he worked at Erasmus University’s medical faculty, where he taught medical students.
He obtained his PhD from the university in 2019, and reportedly ended his speech upon receiving his doctorate with a thanks to his wife, telling her: ‘Maybe with your inexhaustible positive energy it would have been over sooner.
‘We would probably have invested that energy in holidays and other things that make life beautiful. Thank you for your patience. The world is more beautiful with you, I love you.’
The director of the Zonboog foundation, René Baljon, said: ‘The impact is great, for his family, colleagues, but also for his patients. Jurgen was an amiable and committed general practitioner. He was also a trainer.
‘Many people in Rotterdam know him. This is also a shock to general practitioner care across the region. We don’t know what the perpetrator’s motive is, but this is horrible.’
Rotterdam’s chief prosecutor, Hugo Hillenaar said that the suspected shooter, who has not yet been named, was known to law enforcement as was prosecuted and convicted for abusing his rabbit while drunk in 2021. He was reportedly given a 40-hour community service order for the crime.
Police have not yet announced a motive for the deadly attack allegedly carried out by the man, who has only been identified at FL by Dutch media.
When asked whether the suspect has previously been rejected from Erasmus’ medical faculty, Rotterdam’s mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb, said that that was a scenario ‘we are taking into account.’
Erasmus Medical Centre has since reopened its doors for visitors, and said that it will begin readmitting patients from Friday.
Meanwhile, Erasmus University has cancelled all its planned lessons on Friday and has offered counselling to its students.
Police said that the shooter will appear before a magistrate on Friday, and will likely be arraigned ‘on Monday or Tuesday.’
In one video of the shooting, those fleeing could be heard screaming after a loud bang, while a blaze also broke out inside the building.
Footage later showed a man being arrested by armed cops after they had stormed the building to see if the shooter, described as a tall man wearing combat clothing, was still inside.
Several people who were at the scene of the attack have since publicly shared their experiences of the horrific incident unfolding.
Eykha, a medical research biotechnician student at the university, said on X, formerly Twitter: ‘Cried for hours. My hands are still shaking. It’s the darkest day of my entire life.’
Kaouther Mouheb, a PhD candidate at the medical faculty, said: ‘After leaving the US for not feeling safe… I did not expect to witness such an incident at my work place in the Netherlands.’
Meanwhile, Dr. Aleksandra Badura, an associate professor at the university, said: ‘I never thought I’d have to worry about an active shooter in the Netherlands but here were are.’
She confirmed that everyone in her lab was safely evacuated.
The university hospital came under attack shortly after a shooting at a nearby home which police are also probing.
Officials had earlier confirmed that at least three people were injured across the shootings in Rotterdam this afternoon. But in an updated statement at 4.30pm they said: ‘The two shooting incidents in Rotterdam resulted in fatalities. We now first inform family and relatives. We will provide further explanation later.’
The unnamed 32-year-old man was arrested under the hospital’s helipad and police were investigating his possible involvement in both shootings. Officers said the shooter was carrying a handgun.
Dutch media reported that the suspect was previously given a 40-hour community service order for getting drunk and kicking his rabbit, which a vet was forced to put out of its misery.
He was also sent before a judge for allegedly shooting a pigeon through the chest, though he was acquitted for this due to a lack of evidence.
He was also sent before a judge for allegedly kicking a dog, though it is not currently known if he was ever convicted for this.
Dutch media were reporting that there were fires at both the house – where the blaze has been put out – and the university hospital, where flames are still burning.
De Telegraaf reports that the suspect shot two people at a house on Heiman Dullaertplein in the west of the city. It’s understood he then drove to the Erasmus MC, less than a mile away.
It was here that a second shooting reportedly took place in a classroom.
Several officers, including specialised arrest teams, have been pictured at the hospital which has been cordoned off.
Armed police were pictured scouring the roof of the medical centre, while police helicopters hovered over the city.
Witnesses described the chaotic scenes around the hospital, as helicopters buzzed overhead and police snipers took up positions on the hospital roof.
‘First there was a shooting on the fourth floor. Four or five shots were fired. Then a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the education centre,’ a medical student, who did not give his name, told local media.
Another eyewitness told a public broadcaster: ‘There was a lot of panic and screaming… I didn’t hear any shots, just the panic and that’s what I started to act on.’
Footage shared on social media showed students sprinting through the corridors trying to escape the gunfire and flames.
One student told the Dutch daily: ‘We just had to run away from the arrest team to behind the school. Something is not right.’
Nigel Jansen, a 26-year-old intern held at gunpoint by armed police, recalled being told: ‘Hands up, get out quickly!’
He told AD: ‘The panic was great. People were running and crying. We had received something, but it was unclear what was going on.’
One elderly patient was pictured being evacuated out of the medical centre in a wheelchair as armed police swarmed the building which is home to Rotterdam’s Erasmus University’s faculty of medicine.
Earlier, police said the gunman possibly left the scene on a motorcycle, but they later said an arrest team was checking the Erasmus Medical Centre to establish if he was still in the building.
Figures from across the Netherlands have already begun expressing their sympathies for the victims and Rotterdam’s residents.
‘There is great dismay after the dramatic events in Rotterdam this afternoon,’ outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on X, formerly Twitter.
‘My thoughts go out to the victims of the violence, their loved ones and to all the people who have been in great fear. Many thanks to the people of the services for their actions and assistance on site,’ he added.
Healthcare Minister Ernst Kuipers said: ‘Innocent victims were killed today in a place where everyone should feel safe. Attacked in a place where people are treated and doctors of the future are trained. It is difficult for us to comprehend.’
The country’s royal family have also shared tributes to the victims.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima said in a statement: ‘Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victims of this afternoon’s violent acts in Rotterdam.’
In July, two people and a gunman were injured in a shooting at a summer carnival in Rotterdam.
The gunman was shot by police several times after opening fire.
There have also been scores of small explosions and at homes and businesses across Rotterdam this year, blamed on rival drug gangs.
MailOnline has contacted Erasmus University for comment.