Neighbors shocked by 3 deaths in Amsterdam family drama
Residents of Amsterdam's Rivierenbuurt are shocked and saddened by events on Eendrachtstraat on Friday that left three members of the same family dead. A 32-year-old man jumped out of a window with his 11-month-old baby in his arms. Both were killed. The baby's grandmother was later found dead in the apartment.
"I am just very sad", a local resident said to broadcaster AT5. "I live around the corner. I can see the back of their home from my garden."
According to the police, the drama started when the baby boy's mother wanted to pick him up from his grandmother - his father's mother. The boy's father was in the home and lost it when his ex came in. He brought out a hand grenade, pulled out the pin and pulled his ex into another room.
The woman managed to escape and call the police. Negotiators and SWAT teams were sent to the site. A short time later, the man jumped from the window with the baby in his arms.
The area was evacuated and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was sent in to deal with the hand grenade. According to Het Parool, local residents were only allowed back into their homes at around 9:15 p.m. on Friday.
The police are investigating the cause of the grandmother's death, but currently believe that she was murdered.