Boy, 14, dies in shooting
3 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — A boy, 14, died in hospital in The Hague on Saturday evening after he was shot a short time earlier.
3 April 2006
AMSTERDAM — A boy, 14, died in hospital in The Hague on Saturday evening after he was shot a short time earlier.
A Hague man, 22, has admitted shooting the boy in a tragic accident, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) said.
The shooting occurred at approximately 7.30pm on Saturday in the Rubensstraat in Schilderswijk district of The Hague. The boy was taken to hospital with a chest wound and died later on the operating table.
The suspect was arrested on Sunday and the police are checking his claim the gun went off "accidentally" when he was showing it to the boy. The man denies he shot the victim deliberately. Some locals, however, suggested the boy was killed as a result of a dispute over a girl.
The boy was shot a few hundred metres from his parents' home. Minutes before he had ordered a pizza at a Turkish bakery nearby. "He had paid and was to come back in five minutes to collect it," an employee of the bakery told newspaper 'AD'. "But two minutes after he walked out of our premises, we saw the ambulances passing by."
This is the second fatal shooting of a youth in the Netherlands in two weeks. A 16-year-old youth was shot dead in Amersfoort on 25 March, apparently in a row with a man, 19, over a girl.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news