Man killed in beach party brawl

August 23, 2009 6:22:56 AM PDT
Prosecutors say one man died and eight people were wounded when brawls and shooting erupted at a Dutch beach party. Prosecutors say the 19-year-old died at the Sunset Grooves party at Hoek van Holland, near Rotterdam, on Saturday night. The party, which drew 10,000 people, broke up in confusion. Amateur videos posted on web sites record partygoers chanting "Rotterdam hooligans" amid gunfire.

Prosecution spokeswoman Jeichien de Graaff said Sunday the cause of the man's death and the fighting at the party is now under investigation. She said a number of arrests were made Saturday but it is not clear they are related.

The area has been cordoned off, disrupting nearby traffic.

National prosecutors are leading the investigation because police discharged firearms.

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