Tristan Van Der Vlis – Netherlands Mass Murder – The Deadliest Since 2009


Tristan Van Der VlisOn April 9th in 2011, six people were killed by a gunman who entered the Ridderhof mall in Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands, a town approximately 21 miles south-west of Amsterdam.

Using a rifle, 24-year-old Tristan Van Der Vlis shot several people and then killed himself, reportedly with a different firearm. There were seven deaths, including the killer, and 17 wounded, making it the deadliest incident in the Netherlands since the 2009 attack on the Dutch Royal Family.

Shooting

Tristan Van Der Vlis, wearing a bulletproof vest and armed with a semi-automatic Smith & Wesson M&P15-22, a pistol and a revolver, first got out of his black Mercedes-Benz and shot a person outside, then entered the Ridderhof mall and fired more than 100 rounds, killing five people and injuring another 17 before he took a pistol, put it to his head and took his own life.

Many shoppers in the center panicked before it was evacuated and cordoned off. Later that day one of the injured victims succumbed to injuries, raising the total number of deceased to seven. The gunman had left a note in his car stating that explosives had been left in three malls in the city; these malls were subsequently evacuated. Children were among the victims, but they had suffered only mild injuries. Among the dead are three males aged 80, 49 and 42, and three females aged 91, 68 and 45.

The Perpetrator – Tristan Van Der Vlis

Tristan Van Der VlisThe shooter was 25-year-old Tristan Van Der Vlis, who lived in an apartment complex in Alphen aan den Rijn with his parents. He had lived in Alphen since his childhood. According to the police, he had an obsession with guns since his childhood. He was a member of a shooting association and possessed three firearms.

He previously had a history of psychological and psychiatric problems, including paranoid schizophrenia; in 2006 he spent 10 days in a closed institution after attempting suicide. He tried to attempt suicide at least twice in 2008.

The Response

The Netherlands Government Information Service, through a brief statement on Twitter, said Queen Beatrix was “speechless because of the great loss and sadness;” and politicians such as Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten expressed feelings of shock and tragedy.

Copycat Threats

Shortly after the shooting by Tristan Van Der Vlis, police arrested a 17-year-old boy who threatened to carry out another mass shooting. The teenager from Rotterdam allegedly posted on Twitter:

Haha Iraq is also coming to the Netherlands. This man in Alphen already has 6 kills on his name. I’m going to outdo him. 

After a backlash, the boy deleted the post and claimed it was a joke. Since then, four other people were arrested for making similar threats on Twitter.

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