Shooter double murder McDonald’s Zwolle: ‘I was blackmailed’

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  • Remco Andringa

    editor Police and Law

  • Remco Andringa

    editor Police and Law

The man who shot two brothers at a busy McDonald’s in Zwolle says he was blackmailed and threatened by their family for several months. It would not have been his intention to kill the men, he said in police interrogations that NOS has seen.

The trial against 32-year-old Veysel Ü., Who is suspected of having shot the brothers Hüseyin and Ali Torunlar, begins on Thursday. He did so in March this year in front of dozens of witnesses, many of them children.

“I really regret what happened at McDonald’s,” he said. last month against the investigation. “I am terribly ashamed. Also of the children who were there.”

Hundreds of thousands of euros

A few hours after the shooting, Ü. located at the police station in Deventer. “I did something bad,” he said. He immediately admitted that he had shot and was arrested.

Ü already stated in his first interrogation. that he was blackmailed. Meanwhile, chat messages between the victims, their relatives and Veysel Ü. investigated. The suspect was also questioned further.

According to detectives, reports show that Ü. hundreds of thousands of euros in credit from a son of the late Ali Torunlar.

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Veysel. ran a Turkish food company. He lived with his wife, son and three-month-old baby in Rozendaal, a village near Arnhem.

In one of the interrogations, the entrepreneur tells that he wanted to buy real estate in Istanbul through the Torunlar family and that he invested a lot of money that he never saw again. “It’s mafia they chose me,” Veysel Ü said. according to an acquaintance.

YOU. claims it is a pyramid scheme but did not want to explain it to the police. He also would not tell why he often paid the large sums of money in cash.

Accusations back and forth

RTV Oost has previously reported that Veysel Ü. and his father appeared to have been involved in cannabis and heroin trafficking in the past. He also denies having anything to do with crime.

Ali Torunlar’s son has told police that Ü. admittedly wanted to invest in Turkey and that therefore money went back and forth, but that it was precisely Veysel Ü. was the one who cheated.

I was told: I will shoot you and we will take your children with you.

Suspected Veysel.

How it actually works is currently unclear. The conflict at least led to threatening language from Ali Torunlar’s son towards the suspect, according to apps that have been added to the criminal record. Mediation by his uncle Hüseyin Torunlar yielded nothing.

On March 30, Hüseyin and Ali Torunlar met Veysel Ü. at McDonald’s in Zwolle North. Again, he had to pay, the suspect said. This time 30,000 euros.

He talked to the brothers for nearly an hour, but the conversation escalated, he said, when he indicated he could not pay. “I was told: I will shoot you and we will take your children with you.” Then something would have gone into him, says Veysel. told police he does not quite remember what happened then. “I felt crushed inside.”

Witnesses then how Ü. drew a weapon and shot the brothers at close range. Panic broke out in McDonald’s. Parents pushed their children under the table and many people fled outside. Police later found 11 holsters.

Search for a gun

After the shooting, Ü. drove in all directions. He says he threw his phone and firearm out the window on the road.

He would have taken the gun because he felt threatened by the brothers, but Ü. says he did not intend to harm them. In May, police searched with him for his phone and the weapon, but they were not found.

Veysel. is suspected of murder or manslaughter by the prosecution. His lawyers, Esther Blok and Michel van Stratum, deny that there was a cold-blooded liquidation. “Everything suggests that our client has been deceived, blackmailed and threatened with death for a long time. It looks like a case of mental force majeure.”

According to the lawyers, the suspect is still in “a kind of state of shock”, but he is cooperating with the investigation.

“Suspect should have gone to the police”

The lawyer for the relatives, Priscilla Buchele, says that the family does not recognize the suspect’s accusations. “If he had felt threatened, he should have gone to the police and not killed two people,” Buchele said.

She says no explanation can justify “this heinous act”. “It is sad that in times of extreme grief, the family is confronted with such accusations from the suspect through the media. The family prefers to conduct the trial where it belongs, namely in court.”

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