In response to a now resolved hostage situation at an Amsterdam store, Apple says all employees and customers are safe “after this terrifying experience,” according to a statement obtained by Ploonge. There is still an ongoing investigation, the company added.
“We want to thank local authorities for their exceptional work and ongoing investigation,” the statement continues, provided by an Apple spokesperson. “Our teams and customers acted quickly and showed incredible strength and determination today, and we are so grateful for the support and care they showed each other in such challenging circumstances.”
The statement comes hours after police resolved a hostage situation inside the main store, which saw a man hold at least one person hostage for hours. according to a Reuters report. Residents, at the time of the impasse, were urged to stay indoors and away from the popular area, according to a tweet from Amsterdam’s local police.
After several hours, the shooter ran out of the store, and the police stopped him by hitting him with a car, by AP.
“We can confirm that the hijacker is out of the Apple Store,” says police he said in a tweet in Dutch. “He is lying in the street and a robot checks him for explosives. Armed police officers control him from a distance. The hostage is safe.”
Police have not publicly commented on the gunman’s possible motives. According to the AP, local broadcaster AT5 suggested the hijacker was attempting an armed robbery.
With more than 500 retail locations around the world, this is not the first time an Apple Store has become the scene of a crime. Last summer, two teenagers in Atlanta were stuck for allegedly shooting a store security guard. Months later, a security guard at an Apple Store in Manhattan was stabbed after informing a customer that he was required to wear a mask to enter the store.