In the Belgian town of Berendrecht, across the border from Ossendrecht, a 30-year-old man was seriously injured in the cafe De Molengeest on the night of Friday to Saturday. A 59-year-old boatman had a gun in his pocket that night, which he allegedly showed to some guests. Getting out of it, the gun fell out of his pocket and went off. “We stopped the blood until the ambulance arrived.”


Lien Verlinden Jasper Van Der Schoot


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It’s almost impossible to imagine, but no local residents appear to have heard the shot last night. Almost all of them declare that they slept only half and that they only saw at dawn that the parking lot of the De Molengeest cafe was closed with police tape and vans.

However, there was certainly commotion in that parking lot. “A shot was fired around 4 am in which a 30-year-old man was fatally wounded,” said Willem Migom of the Antwerp police. “Obviously they took him to the hospital. The suspect was arrested at his house. The used firearm was found. “However, the bullet was not fired, despite the use of an explosives dog. How exactly the accident could have occurred is now being investigated.”

According to the police, the owner of the firearm was very drunk at the time of the events. “But at first glance there doesn’t appear to be any conflict or a direct reason for the shot. The gun may have been fired accidentally. The lab has been on site and the suspect and victim will be questioned about the events.”

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The suspect is a 59-year-old man who lives opposite the cafe. Although Cafe De Molengeest has only been open for a month and a half and is under new ownership, the man had already dropped in for a drink several times. Peter Solie (49), brand new manager of the café, certainly knew who he was.


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When he got out, it fell out of his pocket, hit the ground and went off. He was drunk and earlier in the evening he showed the gun to some guests.

Peter Solie, owner of De Molengeest

“We were closing up and one of our waitresses came up to us to hand us the register,” he says. “All the guests who were still there at the time were about to leave. The man in question had been carrying a heavy revolver all night. When he got out, he fell out of his pocket, hit the ground and went off. He was drunk and earlier in the evening he showed the gun to some guests”.

The victim had also been in a cafe with them several times. “Of course we help him right away. We treated the wound and stopped the bleeding until the police and ambulance arrived. After that we cooperated with the police all night. We were not allowed into the cafe until 7:30 am. This, of course, is particularly serious for him. And besides, it’s not the best opening for us that we could have wished for. Without a doubt, this will have an impact on our clientele”.

The events took place in the parking lot of the De Molengeest cafe.
The events took place in the parking lot of the De Molengeest cafe. © Jasper Van Der Schoot

The events took place in the parking lot of the De Molengeest cafe.
The events took place in the parking lot of the De Molengeest cafe. © Jasper Van Der Schoot