Sunny evening, 6 June 2018

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Bloodbath in Holland

A 25-year old man, Tristan van der Vlis, has caused a bloodbath at a shopping centre in the town of Alphen-aan-den-Rijn in western Holland yesterday. He walked into the mall just after midday and opened fire with an automatic weapon. Having killed six people, he turned the gun on himself. In a suicide note, the culprit had said that he had left bombs in the mall and elsewhere in Alphen, but that turned out to be a hoax. had faced police enquiries about weapons 8 years ago, but had not been convicted of any crime.

As much a hoax was the tweet from a youngster who had threatened to emulate Alphen in the town of Hoogvliet, west of Rotterdam. The teenager has been arrested by police and is being interrogated.

Mass shootings like this are virtually unheard of in Holland, where gun possession is strictly regulated, and automatic weapons banned.


  1. That is tragic Guido! What possesses these sad and deluded people? Why? Why? Why?

    God bless their souls and help their families come to terms with this too. If at all possible. Unbelievable!

  2. Oh Dear,not another lunatic on the loose.This is happening far too often around the world Guido.What is the matter with some people today.It beggars belief.My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones.Take Care God bless Kath xx

  3. I saw this on the news and it is so sad and such a tragedy ~ Ally x

  4. Such terrible news, my heart goes out to the families and friends.