with videoA 16-year-old girl and a 34-year-old woman were shot this morning during a shooting at a care farm in Alblasserdam (South Holland). Two others were seriously injured. The suspect is 38-year-old John S. from Oud-Alblas. The man has been known by police for years as ‘confused and annoying’.
Folkert van der Krol, Sebastiaan Quekel, Jacolijn Groesbeek
A boy (12) from Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht and a woman (20) from Alblasserdam were seriously injured, they were taken to hospital. Some were also slightly injured. The plot around the farm is cordoned off and the access road to the farm is also blocked, forensic examination is present. After the shooting, two trauma helicopters, several ambulances and other emergency services arrived at the scene. The investigation into the fatal shooting is underway.
‘Citizens are scared’
“I understand that quite a few people have been shot. It’s a tough day for Alblasserdam. A fatal accident this morning, and now it’s on top. Usually nothing ever happens here, so many residents are very scared. They never experience something like this, “says a local resident. Those directly involved can go to the cultural center Landvast to tell about the violent event.
For outsiders who want to ventilate, the doors to Ichthuskerk on Scheldeplein are open. Pastor Michel van Heijningen: “This morning we held a service for one of the women who was seriously injured in a collision in Alblasserdam. One would think that it would not happen in Alblasserdam. We are very much alive. The church is open to people who feel the need to talk about the events. ”
Parents emotionally charged
Parents are emotionally waiting to be able to hold their children in their arms. According to local residents, the owner of the farmhouse is on vacation. The first clients have now left the care home and have been reunited with their parents. Most of them fall crying into each other’s arms at the gate.
Father Ad Donk is waiting for his son Ernst (29) to come out. He is relieved that his son, who has Down syndrome, survived the shooting. “I’m glad Ernst is okay. But this is still going to get a hit. Ernst is a sensitive boy. ”
Donk says that his son has been in day care in the care home in Alblasserdam for about six years now. Ernst takes care of animals and can go horseback riding. “Every day, about ten to fifteen young people are present at the day activities. The staff tries to reassure those present as best they can. ”
The nursing home where the incident is said to have taken place is called Tro Tardi and was founded in 2007. The farm focuses on daytime activities for both children and adults. It can be people with, for example, an intellectual disability, autism or Alzheimer’s. In addition, the care center provides space for young people and adults who ‘have to pick up the thread in their lives again’, for example as part of a reintegration process.
Cows, calves, ponies and horses are kept on the farm. There are also various pets such as dogs and cats. The drama, which took place on Friday, stands in stark contrast to the serene serenity that usually prevails on Tro Tardi. From the care farm you look out over the world-famous wind turbines in Kinderdijk.
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