One killed, three wounded in Rotterdam cafe shooting

13th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

A 44-year-old man told to leave a café following an argument came back armed and opened fire at the customers.

THE HAGUE – A Dutch gunman killed one person and wounded three others when he opened fire overnight in a packed Rotterdam cafe, police told AFP Saturday.

Officers arrested the suspect, a 44-year-old, at the scene at around 01:00 am (2300 GMT), said police spokesman Remco Spaninxs.

The shooting happened after the suspect was asked to leave following an altercation he had had with other customers during a singing contest.

"So he left the cafe at the request of those present, but came back armed and opened fire inside," wounding one person, said Spaninxs.

The suspect then went outside, killing a 46-year-old man and wounding two others who were trying to escape the cafe, before being overpowered, he added.

They held him until police arrived and arrested him.

Earlier a police spokesman said the suspect had been armed with a pistol.

All the wounded were in a stable condition in hospital, he said.

AFP / Expatica

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