According to witnesses, shots were fired around 4 p.m. near the Jewish Museum in the district of Sablon in Brussels, Xinhua reported.
Twelve seriously shocked people were taken care by assistance services, the media quoted Brussels firefighters’ spokesperson Pierre Meys as saying.
“Shocked by the murders committed at the Jewish Museum, I’m thinking of the victims I saw on site and their families,” Belgium Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, said on a social-networking site.
It is still “too early to say whether this is a terrorist act aimed at the Jewish community”, Belgian Interior Minister Joelle Milquet said.
Reynders, who was present in Sablon at the time of shooting, can not help “thinking of an anti-Semitic act in view of the operational mode”.
“The whole district was cordoned off. Jewish sites have been placed under security,” the local newspaper L’Avenir reported.
According to the daily, the shooter fled in a vehicle, but the police have noted down the licence plate number.