6 Dead in Dutch Mall Shooting
Six people were killed and 16 were wounded when a gunmen opened fire in a Dutch mall today.
The AP reported:
A gunman opened fire with a machine gun at a crowded shopping mall outside Amsterdam on Saturday, leaving at least six people dead and wounding 16 others, officials and a witness said.
The attacker was among the dead after fatally shooting himself at the Ridderhof mall in Alphen aan den Rijn, Mayor Bas Eenhoorn said. The suburb is less than 15 miles (25 kilometers) southwest of Amsterdam.
Eenhoorn said that children were among the victims, but he could not confirm whether they were among the wounded or dead, or both.
“It’s too terrible for words, a shock for us all,” he said.
The gunman’s identity was known and it was “all but certain” he acted alone, District Attorney Kitty Nooy said, but investigators were not yet ready to release his name or age. She said he was a native Dutchman from Alphen who has a criminal record.
Witness Martine Spruit, a 41-year-old receptionist, told The Associated Press she was shopping at a drug store when she heard bangs and people in the store hid behind shelves. When they realized a shooting was taking place, customers shouted for employees to lock the doors.
Police were trying to identify the killer.
The Sun reported:
Investigators were trying to work out the shooter’s identity, Mayor Bas Eenhoorn said.
Eyewitnesses said he had long blond hair, appeared to be about 25 years old, and wore a leather jacket with camouflage pants.
The Jawa Report has more on the shooter including this:
The Dutch publication The Telegraf has identified the shooter as Tristan van der Vlis. He lived with his parents near the mall and had a history of making threats, including abusing his girlfriend.
There are also reports of the bomb squad searching several areas in the town, but it’s looking like these are false alarms.
Another publication claims that Van der Vlis is not ex-mililtary as some rumors suggest.
As of this writing, it’s looking like this guy was just a nut with no other motivation than the voices in his head.