A 16-year-old girl and a 34-year-old woman were killed in the shooting in Alblasserdam. Two other victims, a 12-year-old boy and a 20-year-old woman, suffered life-threatening injuries and are in hospital.
The care farm offers daytime activities for children and adults with psychological problems or intellectual disabilities. The suspect was a client in Alblasserdam in the past.
Also victim Vlissingen
Two days before the shooting in Alblasserdam, the police found the body of a 60-year-old shoemaker from that place in the center of Vlissingen. The police caught John S. as the prime suspect the next day. But before he could be arrested, the tragedy happened on the care farm.
The suspect stated to the police that the shoemaker in Vlissingen was a random victim. He had made contact through a gay chat room and allegedly shot the shoemaker to test his weapon.
Just before the shooting in Alblasserdam, the suspect sent an email to TV program RTL Boulevard. He wrote in it that ‘pure despair and desperation’ led him to his act. The man says he has been struggling with psychological problems for a long time. He said he didn’t get the help he needed.
Obsession with firearms
“For five years I have been telling GPs and mental health care about my obsession to buy a firearm. I went looking for this in other countries but never dared to take a step. Until a few weeks ago,” said John S. in the email. He is also said to have had thoughts about suicide since his teenage years.
RTL Nieuws was previously on site at the care farm and made this report:
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