Tuesday 10 December 2019
Six people were killed and three more wounded in a shooting in a hospital in the Czech Republic.
The suspected gunman, a 42-year-old man, shot himself as police approached his car after a huge manhunt that involved several hundred officers and two helicopters, officials said.
Police said on Twitter: “Police found the car, there was shooting heard from the site. We are establishing the identity of the man who shot himself in the head before the police action.”
The man died from his injuries about half an hour later, Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said.
He added there was “no danger anymore” to the public.
The motive remains unclear.
The shooting happened in one of the waiting rooms of the hospital in Ostrava, a city in the eastern Czech Republic.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the gunman was aiming at people’s heads.
According to local reports, the shooting took place in the hospital’s trauma unit. The nearby university is said to have been closed for the day, with lectures cancelled.
The victims were four men and two women, none of them medics. Five died in the attack and another in surgery.
Another man and a woman had to be operated on.
Video footage from the hospital scene showed police making an arrest but there is no confirmation on who that is.
On Twitter, Czech Police said: “We are currently strengthening the supervision of selected soft targets across the Czech Republic.”
The clinic has been evacuated.
Police said they got the first call at 7.19am local time, and the first patrols arrived at 7.24am. After the shooting, police launched the manhunt for the suspect and his grey Renault Laguna car.
Adam Vojtech, the country’s health minister, told newspaper Lidovky it was a “huge tragedy”.
He is cutting short a trip abroad to return to the Czech Republic.
Mr Babis has also cancelled his day’s programme to go to the hospital.
The president’s spokesman, Jiri Ovacacek, expressed condolences to the survivors, saying: “I am with you in my heart, I am thinking of you in these tragic hours.”
It is the worst shooting in the country since 2015 when a man shot eight people dead and then killed himself in a restaurant in Uhersky Brod.