WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Two men were killed in a shooting at the Curacao airport on Tuesday night. Six other people were wounded, police said.
According to reports, a car drove in front of the arrivals hall and one of the occupants opened fire on a group of people. The two fatalities are from Curacao. Six were injured during the shooting, including a taxi driver.
The two men were hit just as they were leaving the arrivals hall. Those injured were hit by flying bullets. A mother was hit in the leg while she was in the hallway and a woman in a wheelchair was hit in the parking lot.
The third runner up in the Curacao beauty pageant was also among those injured.
The police are investigating the case; however, according to sources, this incident has its roots in the criminal world.
The minister of justice indicated that the police are already on the trail of the perpetrators and in the coming days they will be arrested.
“This is a serious blow to our tourism and the perpetrators of this heinous crime must be found and punished to the fullest extent of the law,” the minister said.
The minister and the Curacao Tourism Bureau (CTB) indicated that they have appointed professionals to assist those who witnessed the incident.
CTB would not give any statements on Wednesday morning but indicated that they will have a meeting with various stakeholders to see how they are going to assist those tourists that were injured and also prepare a prepare a plan for damage control in the lights of the impact this incident will have on tourism.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle