Saturday, April 9, 2011

5 died in Dutch shopping center shooting

The 24-year-old Tristan van der Vlis who killed five people at a mall in Alphen aan den Rijn was a member of a shooting club. The identification of victims are near completion. In 2003, Tristan got in contact with the police for weapons and ammunition possession, but OM did not ultimately prosecut him. Why the case was dismissed at that time, the District Attorney could not tell. According to a letter found in Tristan's car it is thought there might be explosives in three other shopping centers. Therefore the evacuation of the centers has been ordered. After 21.00 there will be more cleared. The investigation is still underway. About one hundred fifty officers are involved in the investigation. "The crime scene is still under forensic examination. We're going to be very meticulous with our work," said the police chief. Alphen aan den Rijn police got support from officeres across Netherlands.
VIDEO images: Alphen aan den Rijn killings


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