Brussels Jewish Museum Shooting: Lone Gunman Kills 4; Police Asks Public Assistance to Find Suspect; ‘Climate of Hate’ (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)

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  • A policewoman and a police vehicle are seen at the site of a shooting in central Brussels May 24, 2014. Three people were killed in the shooting near the city's Jewish Museum on Saturday, the Belga news agency reported, quoting a fire brigade official.
    A policewoman and a police vehicle are seen at the site of a shooting in central Brussels May 24, 2014. Three people were killed in the shooting near the city's Jewish Museum on Saturday, the Belga news agency reported, quoting a fire brigade official. REUTERS/Eric Vidal (BELGIUM - Tags: POLITICS) REUTERS/Eric Vidal
  • A general view of the Jewish Museum, site of a shooting on Saturday, and the Palace of Justice (L) is seen in central Brussels May 25, 2014. Two women and a man were killed and one person seriously injured during a shooting at the Jewish Museum in central
    A general view of the Jewish Museum, site of a shooting on Saturday, and the Palace of Justice (L) is seen in central Brussels May 25, 2014. Two women and a man were killed and one person seriously injured during a shooting at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels on Saturday, with Belgian officials saying anti-Semitic motives could not be ruled out. REUTERS/Eric Vidal (BELGIUM - Tags: CRIME LAW) REUTERS/Eric Vidal
  • A family lights candles at the Jewish Museum, site of a shooting in central Brussels May 25, 2014. Belgian police were hunting on Sunday for an assailant who shot dead three people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, and French authorities tightened securit
    A family lights candles at the Jewish Museum, site of a shooting in central Brussels May 25, 2014. Belgian police were hunting on Sunday for an assailant who shot dead three people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, and French authorities tightened security at Jewish sites following another attack that prompted fears of a rise in anti-Semitism. REUTERS/Eric Vidal (BELGIUM - Tags: CRIME LAW) REUTERS/Eric Vidal
  • A father lights his daughter's candle at the Jewish Museum, site of a shooting in central Brussels May 25, 2014. Belgian police were hunting on Sunday for an assailant who shot dead three people on Saturday at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. French authori
    A father lights his daughter's candle at the Jewish Museum, site of a shooting in central Brussels May 25, 2014. Belgian police were hunting on Sunday for an assailant who shot dead three people on Saturday at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. French authorities tightened security at Jewish sites following another attack that prompted fears of a rise in anti-Semitism. REUTERS/Eric Vidal (BELGIUM - Tags: CRIME LAW RELIGION SOCIETY) REUTERS/Eric Vidal
  • A man holding a black bag is seen leaving the Jewish Museum in Brussels, in this still image taken from the video of a security camera, which was distributed to the media by the Belgian police on May 25, 2014.  Belgian police were hunting on Sunday for an
    A man holding a black bag is seen leaving the Jewish Museum in Brussels, in this still image taken from the video of a security camera, which was distributed to the media by the Belgian police on May 25, 2014. Belgian police were hunting on Sunday for an assailant who shot dead three people on Saturday at the Jewish Museum in Brussels and French authorities tightened security at Jewish sites following another attack that prompted fears of a rise in anti-Semitism. REUTERS/Belgian Police/Handout via Reuters (BELGIUM - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS REUTERS/Belgian Police/Handout
  • A man is seen holding a weapon inside the Jewish Museum in Brussels, in this still image taken from the video of a security camera and was distributed to the media by the Belgian police on May 25, 2014. Belgian police were hunting on Sunday for an assaila
    A man is seen holding a weapon inside the Jewish Museum in Brussels, in this still image taken from the video of a security camera and was distributed to the media by the Belgian police on May 25, 2014. Belgian police were hunting on Sunday for an assailant who shot dead three people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels and French authorities tightened security at Jewish sites following another attack that prompted fears of a rise in anti-Semitism. REUTERS/Belgian Police/ Handout via Reuters (BELGIUM - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS REUTERS/Belgian Police/ Handou
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Police in Belgium have launched a nationwide hunt on Sunday, enlisting the help of the general public, to locate a lone gunman responsible for killing four people on Saturday at the Brussels Jewish Museum.

Video (here) released by authorities showed a man entering the building, took a Kalashnikov automatic rifle from the bag he was carrying and then opened fire. Everything occurred in less than two minutes.

The man was described as medium height and athletic build. He carried out the attack deliberately and unhurriedly, leaving the scene on foot.

Three people immediately died from the shooting rampage, including an Israeli couple. The fourth victim died Sunday afternoon. Twelve other people were being treated for shock.

"We call on the whole population to help identify this person," Ine Van Wymersch, deputy prosecutor, said on Sunday.

No one has claimed responsibility yet for the killings.

"The pain is excruciating as one can imagine," Rabbi Michoel Rosenblum, director of the EU Jewish Buildings in Brussels, said. "The fact that the gunman is at large is very concerning and I hope we will be able to take care of that ASAP."

Joel Rubinfeld, the head of the Belgian League against anti-Semitism, told AFP it was a "terrorist act" borne from a "climate of hate."

The head of Belgium's Jewish Consistory told La Libre newspaper the museum had not received any recent threats. "Everyone among the staff are in shock."

Ms Van Wymersch said they believed the gunman "probably acted alone, was armed and well prepared."

Saturday's attack occurred on the eve of Belgium's nationwide election where voters across the continent are expected to select a new European Parliament.

Belgian officials had immediately raised anti-terror measures and increase protection for Jewish sites.

"The priority of priorities is to find this man. He must be arrested and stopped," Joelle Milquet, Home Affairs Minister, said.

"We must reassure members of the Jewish community," she added.

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