A teenage student apparently bent on revenge opened fire inside a high school in the Netherlands today, wounding a teacher and four students in the first school shooting in Dutch history.
In a drama now chillingly familiar in the United States but unprecedented in this country known for its strict gun control laws, the 17-year-old suspect fired more than 10 shots inside the regional vocational school in Veghel, about 60 miles south of Amsterdam. He then surrendered to police.
The victims were taken to hospitals, where two of the students were listed in critical condition. The teacher, a 46-year-old woman, and another student were listed in stable condition and said to be out of danger after surgery. A fifth student suffered a minor bullet wound, police said.
Police did not identify the suspect, in line with Dutch privacy laws. The gunman opened fire with a pistol of unknown caliber in a school hallway, and in a computer room crowded with students, shortly after 2 p.m.
Police spokeswoman Gerda Preusting said the suspect was upset over a romance and appeared to be looking for someone who was not there.
Students gathered outside the school told Dutch television that the suspect was upset over a relationship involving his sister and another student. Police said they had no further details about a motive.
Church bells rang in sympathy through the rainy evening in Veghel, a working class industrial town infused with the smell of chocolate from a factory that manufactures candy bars.
CAPTION: Blood-stained clothes and a bag lie on the floor of a high school in Veghel, the Netherlands, after shooting attack by a 17-year-old student.