Shooting at Dutch day care for disabled kids leaves 2 dead

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Shooting at Dutch day care for disabled kids leaves 2 dead

Two people were killed and another pair seriously injured Friday when a man opened fire at a Dutch day care center for disabled children, police said.

The dead included a 16-year-old girl, while a 13-year-old boy was among the wounded.

The bloody incident took place at the Tro Tardi care facility in Alblassrdam near the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands, at around 11 a.m. local time, reported NLTimes.nl.

The rampage left the teen girl and a 34-year-old woman dead.

A younger boy and a 20-year-old woman also suffered serious injuries, the Rotterdam police said.

Witnesses reported hearing a barrage of gunfire, which sent people running for their lives into a nearby meadow.

Cops arrived and quickly arrested the suspected shooter, who was identified only as 38-year-old John S. from the city of Oud-Alblas. A gun was recovered.

The alleged gunman has been known to have mental health issues and was familiar to the local authorities from many prior interactions, although he did not have a criminal record, officials said.

The shooting took place near a school for disabled children.
The shooting took place at a day care for disabled children.
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Forensics work on the scene where two people were shot dead and two wounded at a "care farm" for people with mental or social issues, in Alblasserdam on May 5, 2022.
The alleged gunman has been known to have mental health issues.
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In 2017, John S. reportedly threatened to commit suicide in a public setting, DailyMail.com said.

The care facility — which overlooks the picturesque Kinderdijk windmills, a UNESCO world heritage site — offers services to children and young adults with autism and a range of mental disabilities.

On any given day, up to 15 children and teens stay at the farm and interact with animals as a form of therapy.

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