Services held to mourn Amsterdam gun victims

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The Independent Online

Church services were held yesterday in an Amsterdam suburb to mourn the six people killed by a gunman at a crowded shopping mall. Tristan van der Vlis, 24, opened fire on Saturday in Alphen aan den Rijn with what witnesses described as a machine gun, before fatally shooting himself in the head.

Investigators have struggled to explain how he was able to obtain and legally own five firearms. The attacker has had minor run-ins with the police, including an illegal weapons possession charge in 2003 when he was 17.

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