Man shot dead at free beach party
At a free dance festival on Saturday evening on the beach in Hook of Holland, a coastal town south of The Hague, a 19-year-old man was shot dead.
Hoek van Holland - At a free dance festival on Saturday evening on the beach in Hook of Holland, a coastal town south of The Hague, a 19-year-old man was shot dead.
He died in the ambulance on the way to hospital. Eight other people were injured. Eyewitnesses report that dozens of shots were fired.
Fighting broke out at the crowded festival around midnight. Police patrolling the beach called in extra riot police to restore order, but the angry crowd then turned on the police.
When they came under attack the officers fired warning shots, and shot one young man in the leg. The national criminal investigation department has begun an investigation into the incident.
According to visitors to the Veronica Sunset Grooves festival, the event was much busier than it had been in previous years. The police say far too many partygoers had been admitted. The municipal permit stipulated a maximum of 15,000 people. A spokesman for the organisation denied that the maximum had been exceeded.
Three arrests were made, but as yet the police have little idea what sparked the shooting on the beach. Eyewitnesses say that the festival was so heavily attended that the fences around the site were pushed down, and any supervision of the hordes of people arriving at the beach became impossible.
Several large fights are said to have broken out before any shooting began. Police had difficulty reaching the area, as the road leading to the festival site was jammed with traffic.
On a video posted on YouTube, repeated shots can be heard. Partygoers at first express disbelief at the shooting, then panic breaks out when it becomes apparent that the shots are real.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica