e gunman who killed at least three people in Belgium as a convicted criminal who's believed to have been radicalized behind bars. Benjamin Herman had been released from jail on temporary leave just hours before the attack. He killed two police women and a bystander in the city of Liege before being shot dead by police.
Authorities suspect the 36-year-old also murdered a former associate found dead at his home. Herman had been in and out of jail for a variety of crimes since 2003. A Belgium security source told Reuters he converted to Islam while in detention and was under suspicion of radicalization. Terrorism is being investigated as just one possible motive for Tuesday's attack.
Herman stabbed the two offices from behind with a knife before seizing one of their weapons and shooting them. He went on to shoot a 22-year-old man sitting in a car, before entering a nearby high school and taking two women hostage. As he burst from the building, he shouted allahu akbar while shooting at police.
Federal investigators have taken over the case, an indication they suspect terrorism as a motive. Belgium has been on high alert since a Brussels-based Islamic State cell carried out attacks in Paris in 2015 and in Brussels the following year.