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Gunman Opens Fire In McDonald's In The Netherlands, Killing Two Brothers

A gunman has calmly ordered food in a McDonald's restaurant in Zwolle, the Netherlands, before opening fire and killing two businessmen.


The scene of the double murder in Zwolle
The scene of the double murder in Zwolle

A man ordered food and sat down in McDonald's before pulling out a gun and "opening fire on the table next to him".


The shooting took place in Zwolle, the Netherlands, and has been reported to be a "targeted" attack that killed two brothers, aged 57 and 62.



Police are currently hunting for the gunman who fled following the shooting in the crowded restaurant where children were eating.


Witnesses told police that the suspect had been hanging around outside the restaurant for hours prior to the shooting.


The victims are believed to have been two influential businessmen of Turkish-Kurdish descent, who owned restaurants in the city.


McDonald's customers and employees fled the scene of the shooting
McDonald's customers and employees fled the scene of the shooting

When paramedics arrived at the scene, one of the victims was already dead, the other was resuscitated but died shortly after.


A relative sobbed at the scene and said, "It's a tragedy. They were just sitting here eating."


The mayor of Zwolle, Peter Snijders, described the incident as "extreme violence in an environment where you would not expect it".



He added that McDonald's employees were understandably "very shocked", and promised to provide support for them.


The McDonald's restaurant is still cordoned off as police launch a murder investigation.


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