10 Apr 2011

Six killed by gunman in Dutch mall

3:08 pm on 10 April 2011

Six people were killed and at least 11 wounded in the Netherlands when a gunman opened fire at a shopping mall before taking his own life on Saturday.

The killings took place in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn, about 25km south west of Amersterdam.

The gunman has been identified as Tristan van der Vlis, 24, a member of a local gun club who had a permit to carry five weapons.

The gunman came from the town, was known to police and almost certainly operated alone, said a prosecutor.

She said he had had previous run-ins with the law, including an illegal weapons possession charge that was dropped reports the BBC.

The Dutch ANP news agency quoted a pet shop owner in the mall as saying the man emptied an automatic weapon into the crowded mall.

Mayor Bas Eenhoorn said four of the injured were in a critical condition and five had serious wounds.

Two people were killed on 2 April in a shooting in the same district of the town, which has a population of about 70,000 people.