Six die in Dutch shopping mall shooting

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 09, 2011 9:31 AM

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Six people were killed and at least 13 injured in a shooting incident at a shopping mall in the Dutch town of Alphen aan den Rijn on Saturday, the town's mayor told reporters.

"A man with an automatic weapon, whose identity we cannot reveal, started shooting and killed five people and then himself," mayor Bas Eenhoorn told reporters. "Four people were very badly injured, five mildly wounded, and at least two slightly injured."

Eenhoorn called the shooting "unprecedented" and said there were a large number of people in the shopping center when the shootings occurred.

Police officials were not immediately available for comment.

The gunman had blond hair and was about 25 years old, Dutch public broadcaster NOS reported, citing eye witnesses.

Dutch ANP news agency quoted a pet shop owner in the mall as saying the gunman emptied an automatic weapon at nearby people and then shot himself in the head.

Alphen aan den Rijn, with a population of 72,000, is 46 km south of Amsterdam.

(Reporting by Ivana Sekularac and Gilbert Kreijger; Editing by David Stamp)