A woman (34) and a girl (16) were killed in shooting at a farm in Placerdam | Archery at the Placerdam farm

videoA 16-year-old girl from Dordrecht and a 34-year-old woman from Placerdam were shot dead this morning during a shooting at a nursing farm in Alplacerdam (southern Netherlands). Two others were seriously injured. The suspect, who has since been arrested, is John S. The 38-year-old is from Oud Al-Ballas. The man has been known to the police for years as “confused and annoying”.


Volkert van der Kroll, Sebastian Koekel, Jacqueline Groesbeck


Last updated:
11-05-22, 15:07

A 12-year-old boy from Hendrik Edo Ambacht and a 20-year-old woman from Baleserdam were seriously injured and taken to hospital. Someone was also slightly injured. The area around the farm has been cordoned off and the access road to the farm has also been closed, and a forensic investigation is still in place. After the shooting, two helicopters, several ambulances and other emergency services arrived at the scene. The investigation into the fatal shooting incident is still ongoing.


People are afraid

“I understand that quite a few people have been shot. It’s a rough day for the Placerdam. A fatal accident this morning and now that’s on top of everything. Normally nothing at all happens here, so a lot of the residents are very scared.” Live Go to the Landvast Cultural Center to talk about the violent event.

For outsiders wanting to breathe, the doors to the Ichthuskerk on Scheldeplein are open. Reverend Michael van Heijingen: This morning we held a prayer service for one of the women who was seriously injured in a collision with the Placerdam. You might think this wouldn’t happen in Placerdam. We are very alive. The church is open to people who feel the need to speak about events.”


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You might think this wouldn’t happen in Placerdam. We sympathize a lot

Reverend Michael van Heijingen

Emotional parents

Parents emotionally wait to be able to hold their children in their arms. According to local residents, the farm owner is on vacation. The first clients have now left the care farm and are reunited with their parents. Most of them fall into each other’s arms screaming at the gate.

Father Ad Dunk is waiting for his son Ernst to come out (29). He is relieved that his son with Down syndrome survived the shooting. I’m glad Ernst is doing well. But that still would take a hit. Ernst is a sensitive boy.”

Dunk says his son has been going to the daycare at the care farm in Placerdam for about six years now. Ernst takes care of animals and can ride horses. Every day there are about ten to fifteen young people present at the daytime activities. The staff tries to calm the attendees as much as possible.”


Quiet rest

The care farm where the accident is said to have occurred is called Tro Tardi and was established in 2007. The farm focuses on daytime activities for both children and adults. Such people could be, for example, people with intellectual disabilities, autism or Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, the care farm provides a space for young people and adults who “have to get the thread back in their lives again”, for example as part of the reintegration process.


Cows, calves, ponies and horses are raised on the farm. There are also different pets such as dogs and cats. Friday’s drama contrasts sharply with the quiet calm that usually reigns in Tro Tardi. From a care farm look at the world famous windmills of Kinderdijk.


Police officers at Molensingel in Alblasserdam where the victims fell during the shooting incident.
Police officers at Molensingel in Alblasserdam where the victims fell during the shooting incident. © ANP

Police and emergency services officers came in droves to the care farm.
Police and emergency services officers came in droves to the care farm. © ANP

Shortly after the accident, several units arrived at the scene in Placerdam.
Shortly after the accident, several units arrived at the scene in Placerdam. © Photopresboro Business | Jeroen Verbeken

Two shocked helicopters landed on the grass next to the care farm, after a shooting occurred there.
Two shocked helicopters landed on the grass next to the care farm, after a shooting occurred there. © Photopresboro Business | Jeroen Verbeken

Trauma helicopters, ambulances, police: emergency services were present in large numbers.
Trauma helicopters, ambulances, police: emergency services were present in large numbers. © ANP



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