THE HAGUE, Netherlands: A 16-year-old girl was shot dead in front of fellow students in her high school’s bicycle shed on Tuesday, Dutch police said.

A 31-year-old suspect, police said in a statement, was arrested shortly after the shooting at the school, which was identified by local media as Rotterdam Design College.

Police said the victim and the male suspect, who was arrested about two kilometres away, knew one another but didn’t reveal details of their relationship or a possible motive.

A number of people, including fellow students, witnessed the attack, police spokeswoman Yvette de Rave told national broadcaster NOS.

The shooting happened less than a week after an American psychology student at Rotterdam’s Erasmus University was fatally stabbed in her apartment. A suspect in her killing was arrested last week.

Gun ownership is tightly restricted in the Netherlands and most shootings that happen in the country are linked to power struggles between criminal gangs.