Man carrying machine gun opens fire at Dutch shopping mall, 5 reported dead

April 9th, 2011 - 6:51 pm ICT by BNO News  

ALPHEN AAN DEN RIJN, NETHERLANDS (BNO NEWS) — A gunman opened fire inside a shopping mall in the Netherlands on early Saturday afternoon, police said, while witnesses told local media that at least 5 people had been killed.

The shooting happened at around noon local time at shopping mall Ridderhof in the town of Alphen aan de Rijn, located in the western part of the country. Local media reports said a man carrying a machine gun had opened fire at crowds inside.

A resident near the scene told Radio West that two bodies could be seen laying on the ground near the shopping center, while more bodies were believed to be inside. Public broadcaster NOS cited a shop owner as saying that at least 5 people had been killed.

An unknown number of people were also taken to area hospitals, where Radio West described “complete chaos.” Their conditions were not immediately known, and a police spokesperson was not immediately available to comment on the situation.

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