One dead, two injured in shooting in Dutch capital

15th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

An unidentified person was shot dead and two others wounded in a shooting in Amsterdam involving a police officer, a Dutch police spokeswoman said early on Sunday.

The incident happened around 10:15 pm (2015 GMT) on Saturday in Spiegelgracht, close to the Dutch capital's Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam police's Ellie Lust said.

"I can confirm that there was a shooting incident involving a police officer. One person was shot dead and two others wounded," Lust told AFP, but she declined to give further details.

"Because the shooting involved a police officer I cannot give further details," she said, adding the incident was being investigated.

Six people died and at least 10 others were injured last month when a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire on shoppers at a mall in the western Dutch town Alphen aan de Rijn.

The shooter, Tristan van der Vlis, 24, then committed suicide.

Last month's incident sent shockwaves through the tiny European country and has reignited the debate on gun control.

© 2011 AFP

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