Shooting at Czech hospital leaves at least 6 killed, suspect on the run
The shooting happened on Tuesday morning at University Hospital Ostrava in the northeastern part of the country. The Czech police initially said four people were killed and two others were seriously injured. Those two succumbed to their wounds, Prime Minister Andrej Babis confirmed.
The shooting reportedly happened in the traumatology ward of the hospital.
Policisté přijali oznámení o střelbě v nemocnici v Ostravě Porubě. Na místě nyní policisté zasahuji. Proběhla evakuce osob. pic.twitter.com/VrDDjii6Qp— Policie ČR (@PolicieCZ) December 10, 2019
Ostrava Technical University, which hosts the hospital, said the perpetrator was wearing a red jacket. The police released a photo of the suspected gunman on Twitter, requesting public assistance in finding him, and warning that he poses a threat. The university campus was put on lockdown.
Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said the rapid response unit and police helicopters have been deployed in response to the emergency.
Local media report that the hospital was taken under guard by police officers armed with automatic weapons. Police also said they deployed additional troops to ‘soft targets’ for additional security.
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