Amsterdam Apple Store hostage rescued after gunman’s five hour stand-off with police

A gunman stormed an Apple store in central Amsterdam, holding a man hostage for several hours in a tense stand-off with police.

Gunshots were reported by multiple witnesses in the busy Leidseplein area early on Tuesday evening, as footage shared on social media showed a hooded man inside the store holding what appeared to be a gun to the hostage’s head.

After a stand-off lasting nearly five hours, during which the suspect is said to have shot at law enforcement, Amsterdam Police announced the hostage-taker had left the building and in custody.

Police said they “managed to stop the hostage-taker by hitting him as he ran” from the store, and footage showed him being struck by a car at high speed. He was not found to be carrying explosives and was taken to hospital.

Armed police at the scene in the Leidseplein area of Amsterdam

(Laurens Bosch/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

The hostage is safe, police said, adding that they have since been able to bring “even more people who were in the building” to safety. Four people were later revealed to have hidden in a cupboard, unknown to the perpetrator.

Prior to the gunman’s capture, police said that dozens of people had been allowed to leave the Apple Store since the situation began, adding that these individuals would give witness statements at a police station and would receive victim support aftercare.

In total, 70 people were said to have been brought to safety.

Police said the suspect is a 27-year-old from Amsterdam. While…

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