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Raphael Jesurum reports for BBC News
"A teacher and three others students were hit"
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Tuesday, 7 December, 1999, 19:31 GMT
Student shoots four at Dutch school
blood stain One of the victims was seriously injured


A student has shot and critically wounded a fellow student at a school in the southern Dutch town of Veghel, about 100 km (60 miles) south of Amsterdam.

A teacher and two other students were also injured.

The shooting, the first of its kind in Dutch history, occurred in a hall of the school, De Leijgraaf, and in a computer room, at 1300 GMT on Tuesday.


The 17-year old suspect, who has not been named but is of Turkish origin according to police, fired the weapon more than ten times.

One of the victims is reported to be in critical condition. Two others, one of whom was hit in the chest and lungs, and a 46-year old female teacher, are said to be out of danger after undergoing surgery at a nearby hospital.

Students at the scene of the shooting said afterwards it was "chaos", with people running and crying.

"There was panic in the school" said Veghel police spokeswoman Gerda Preusting.

Grudge

There are conflicting reports over the motive for the shootings.

Ms Preusting said the suspect was upset over a romance and appeared to be hunting for someone in particular who was not there.

bullet hole in door The suspect fired more than 10 times
A female student at the school however told reporters that he was upset about a relationship involving his sister.

The suspect is now in police custody.

School officials closed classes early and sent children home. Students have been offered counseling.

Strict gun control

Shootings, even in urban areas, are rare in the Netherlands, where gun control is strict and weapons are available only on the black market.

The origin of the suspect's weapon is not yet known.

Justice Minister Benk Korthals has said he would not rule out the future use of metal detectors in schools to prevent any similar attacks.

The incident happened a day after a 13-year-old boy opened fire on classmates at a school in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma - the latest in a series of school shootings in the United States.

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