Two dead and two injured including child in shooting rampage at Dutch day care for disabled kids

TWO people have been killed and two others left seriously injured after a shooting rampage at a Dutch day care centre for disabled kids.

The gunman opened fire at 11am local time at Tro Tardi farm in Alblasserdam, near the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Two people were killed in the rampage


Two people were killed in the rampageCredit: EPA
Investigators work at the farm for disable kids in Alblasserdam


Investigators work at the farm for disable kids in AlblasserdamCredit: EPA
Police officers at the Molensingel in Alblasserdam


Police officers at the Molensingel in AlblasserdamCredit: EPA

A 34-year-old woman, whose pony was stabled at the farm, and a 16-year-old girl were tragically killed in the shooting.

A 13-year-old boy and a 20-year-old woman were seriously injured in the attack at the farm overlooking the Kinderdijk windmills, a Unesco world heritage site.

Cops said a man has been arrested and a firearm has been seized. 

Many people fled into a nearby meadow in terror, according to reports.

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The suspect has been named locally as John S, 38, who was reportedly known to police as “confused and a nuisance”.

He was said to live at a nearby address linked to prostitution, The Times reports.

The motive for the shooting remains unclear.

“The suspect has been arrested and the firearm has been seized,” Rotterdam police said on Twitter.

“The witnesses are taken care of, help is arranged for them. The investigation is underway.”

The Tro Tardi farm is a day care centre offering respite and rehabilitation for up to 15 children, young people and adults with disabilities.

Ad Donk, the father of a boy with Down’s syndrome who has used the centre for the last six years, told the local Rijnmond broadcaster: “Fortunately, nothing happened to him, but he did see it happen.

“I don’t know what his condition is. He is a sensitive boy. This is really intense.”


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