Shooting at Prague University : A student opened fire at a Prague university Thursday, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 20 in the Czech Republic’s deadliest mass shooting, officials said.

Prague Police Chief Martin Vondrasek said the bloody incident occurred in the Philosophy Faculty building at Charles University and that the gunman was a student there. The gunman also died, authorities said. His name has not been released.
Prime Minister Vondrasek announced in the evening that 14 people were killed and 25 injured, following earlier reports that 15 people were killed and 24 injured. He did not explain the change. Officials warned that the death toll could rise.

Shooting at Prague University Police have not provided information about the victims or a possible motive for the shooting incident at a building near the Vltava River on Jan Palacha Square. Czech Interior Minister Vit Raksan said investigators did not suspect links to extremist ideologies or groups.


Vondrasek said police believe the gunman killed his father early Thursday in his hometown of Hoston, west of Prague, and intended to take his own life. He did not elaborate.

Late Thursday, Vondrasek said a search of his home revealed that the gunman was suspected of killing another man and his two-month-old daughter in eastern Prague on December 15.

The chief described the shooter as a good student with no criminal history, but provided no further information.

The gunman suffered “catastrophic injuries,” but it’s unclear whether he committed suicide or was shot in a shootout with police, Vondrasek said, adding: “There is no suggestion that he had an accomplice. Nothing,” he added.

The gunman legally owned multiple weapons, and police said Thursday that he was heavily armed and had a large amount of ammunition — and that his actions were “a well-thought-out, horrific act.” ,” Vondrasek said.

University authorities have announced that they will immediately strengthen security inside university buildings.

“We mourn the loss of a member of our university community and extend our deepest sympathies to all those left behind. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy,” Carell said. the university said in a statement.

The building where the shooting took place is located near the Vltava River on Jan Palacha Square, a busy tourist area in Prague’s Old Town. The picturesque Old Town Square is within walking distance, and the popular Christmas market attracts thousands of tourists.

The government quickly sought to dispel concerns that the massacre was supported by foreign interests.

Shooting at Prague University A student opened fire at a Prague university ( Shooting at Prague University ) Thursday, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 20 in the Czech Republic’s deadliest mass shooting, officials said.

Prague Police Chief Martin Vondrasek said the bloody incident occurred in the Philosophy Faculty building at Charles University and that the gunman was a student there. The gunman also died, authorities said. His name has not been released.
Prime Minister Vondrasek announced in the evening that 14 people were killed and 25 injured, following earlier reports that 15 people were killed and 24 injured. He did not explain the change. Officials warned that the death toll could rise.

Shooting at Prague University Police have not provided information about the victims or a possible motive for the shooting incident at a building near the Vltava River on Jan Palacha Square. Czech Interior Minister Vit Raksan said investigators did not suspect links to extremist ideologies or groups.


Vondrasek said police believe the gunman killed his father early Thursday in his hometown of Hoston, west of Prague, and intended to take his own life. He did not elaborate.

Late Thursday, Vondrasek said a search of his home revealed that the gunman was suspected of killing another man and his two-month-old daughter in eastern Prague on December 15.

The chief described the shooter as a good student with no criminal history, but provided no further information.

The gunman suffered “catastrophic injuries,” but it’s unclear whether he committed suicide or was shot in a shootout with police, Vondrasek said, adding: “There is no suggestion that he had an accomplice. Nothing,” he added.

The gunman legally owned multiple weapons, and police said Thursday that he was heavily armed and had a large amount of ammunition — and that his actions were “a well-thought-out, horrific act.” ,” Vondrasek said.

University authorities have announced that they will immediately strengthen security inside university buildings.

“We mourn the loss of a member of our university community and extend our deepest sympathies to all those left behind. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy,” Carell said. the university said in a statement.

The building where the shooting took place is located near the Vltava River on Jan Palacha Square, a busy tourist area in Prague’s Old Town. The picturesque Old Town Square is within walking distance, and the popular Christmas market attracts thousands of tourists.

The government quickly sought to dispel concerns that the massacre was supported by foreign interests.

“There is no indication that there is any connection to international terrorism,” Rakusan said.

“This is a terrible crime and something the Czech Republic has never experienced before,” he said.
Pavel Nedoma, director of the nearby Rudolfinum Museum, said he watched from his window as a person standing on the building’s balcony fired a gun.

Authorities said everyone was evacuated from the building and police were still searching the area, including the balcony, for explosives.

Shooting at Prague University

This building is part of the square, facing the bridge over the river and overlooking Prague Castle, the residence of the Czech President. President Petr Pavel said he was “shocked” by the incident and joined the leaders of Germany, France, Slovakia, the European Union and Israel in expressing condolences to the families of the victims.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre sent a message of condolence.

“The President and First Lady pray for the families who have lost loved ones and for all those affected by this senseless act of violence,” Jean-Pierre said. “On behalf of the United States, we extend our condolences and wish a speedy recovery to the survivors of this tragic incident.”

The Czech government will meet later Thursday to discuss the shooting. An emergency meeting will be held.

The country’s worst mass shooting to date occurred in 2015, when a gunman opened fire in the southeastern town of Uhásky Brod, killing eight people before shooting himself.

On Thursday, where tourists, students and others were supposed to enjoy views of the iconic monument, chaos and fear reigned instead. Police cars and ambulances crossed the bridge with sirens blaring. Authorities cordoned off the empty space.

Some video footage showed people evacuating buildings or trying to hide behind walls.

Diving instructor Ivo Havranek said he was near the building when he heard the gunshots, but he could never believe he had heard them.

“The moment I saw the riot police in full gear with bulletproof vests and riot shields, I felt like I was in a movie,” Havranek said. “But it was clear that no one was making movies.”