On Saturday evening Mario Thys of the police union NSPV shared the images that had been doing the rounds on social media with the press. They show a masked man armed with what appears to be a Kalashnikov machine gun shooting into the air from the balcony of a flat in a block on the Antwerpsesteenweg.
It is probable that the images were shot for a music video for a song by the Brussels rapper Gotti Maras. The rapper had already shared the images on his Insagram account.
Olivier Slosse of the Brussels-Capital-Elsene Local Police Service told journalists that “The investigation is ongoing. A request to shoot the video had been made, but we had refused permission”.
"The reason why permission was refused was a lack of information about what exactly was going to be filmed. In any case, no mention of a gun of any kind was made in the request for permission to film".
Mr Slosse went on to say "The images show an item that looks like a Kalashnikov. We no need to ascertain whether it was real”.
If the Kalashnikov turns out to be real, the case will be handed over to the Judicial Authorities.