Dutch shopping centre attack injured discharged

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All of the victims who sustained injuries during a shooting rampage in the Dutch town of Alphen aan den Rijn – about 25 kilometres south-west of Amsterdam - have been discharged from hospital, a spokesman said on Tuesday afternoon.

Just over four months ago, 24-year-old Tristan van der Vlis walked into De Ridderhof shopping centre and started shooting indiscriminately with an automatic weapon. He killed six people before shooting himself in the head.

The six dead included three women ages 91, 68 en 45 and three men ages 80, 49 en 42. Two children, a 10-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl, were among the wounded. Of the total number of 17 people wounded in the bloody attack, seven were in a serious condition.

Illegal weapons The gunman came from the town, was known to police and operated alone. Van der Vlis was a member of a shooting club and had a permit to carry five weapons. He had had previous run-ins with the law, including an illegal weapons possession charge that was dropped.

Revelations about his previous charge caused a stir in the Netherlands, with many people questioning how he could have been issued a gun permit, given his previous charge and a history of disturbed behaviour.

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