Six dead in shooting at Czech hospital

Clay Curtis
December 10, 2019

A gunman opened fire on Tuesday (Dec 10) in a hospital in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava, killing four people and seriously injuring two others, police said.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis told Czech public television the shooting took place around 7am in a waiting room.

The apparent suspect later shot himself dead as police approached his vehicle.

The DNES daily reported the shooting occurred at the trauma ward of the hospital in Ostrava, a steel hub located around 300 kilometres (190 miles) east of Prague near the Polish border.

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Police said they found the suspect's auto and he shot himself in the head as they approached.

Police have also released a photo of a man they wish to speak to but advised the public to be cautious. Police are intensively searching for the perpetrator.

The gunman is at large and police described him as armed and risky, advising people not to approach him.

Czech police said they were strengthening security around "selected soft targets" across the rest of the country as a result of the shooting.

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