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Saturday
Apr092011

Gunman Storms Dutch Mall, Leaves Bloody Scene

Thinkstock Images/Comstock(ALPHEN AAN DEN RIJN, Netherlands) -- A gunman opened fire on shoppers at a Dutch mall Saturday, leaving at least five people dead and 11 others wounded before taking his own life, officials said.

The suspect used what appeared to be a machine gun to shoot people at random, according to one witness quoted by BBC News. Authorities described the weapon simply as “automatic.”

Four of the injured were in critical condition, officials said.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the attack. The shooter’s identity was not released.

The shopping center – about 15 miles southwest of Amsterdam – was placed on lockdown after the shootings.

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