A young man in his 20s described as a blond wearing a leather jacket and camouflage pattern trousers, opened fire at a busy shopping centre in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn, about 25km (15 miles) south-west of Amsterdam. The shooting resulted in 6 dead (including the gunman as he took his life) and 11 wounded – 4 of whom are seriously injured.
"There are at present six dead, including the person responsible," Bas Eenhoorn, the acting mayor of Alphen aan den Rijn, told a press conference.
Four people were seriously wounded and at least seven less badly hurt, he said.
"A man with an automatic weapon opened fire on the crowd" in the Ridderhof centre, "which was packed with families and children doing their shopping," Eenhoorn said.
A shopkeeper in the Ridderhof centre said the gunman appeared to be shooting people at random.
"There was a panic in the mall, a lot of people running," the shopkeeper, Maart Verbeek, told Dutch broadcaster NOS.
"I see the attacker coming, walking, and I go inside the store… and I see him going by with a big machine gun."
The incident is reported to be unusual for the area despite being the second shooting incidence of the month.
"It’s weird that something like this has happened in this neighbourhood. Usually nothing ever happens here. But this is the second shooting in two weeks," said Thomas Aantjes.
Two people were killed on 2 April in a shooting in the same district of the town. Officials have not made a link between the two incidents
The gunman has not been idenitified.
We will keep you posted with updates.