Czech Republic: Manhunt after six people shot dead in hospital – Sky News

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Czech Republic: Manhunt after six people shot dead in hospital – Sky News

Six people, and the suspect, are dead after a shooting in a hospital in the Czech Republic.

Another two people have been injured, according to latest police information.

The suspect, a 42-year-old man, escaped the hospital in Ostrava, sparking a manhunt. Police tracked down his vehicle and said he shot himself in his car when officers tracked him down.

Police released this image of someone appearing to walk through the hospital
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Police released this image of the suspect walking through the hospital

On Twitter, officers said: “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.”

They confirmed he is dead.

A police officer is seen at a road blockade, as police checks cars after a shooting at Ostrava's University Hospital, near the Slovak-Czech border crossing in Bila, Czech Republic, December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa
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Police at a road blockade after tracking down the suspect

The victims were four men and two women. 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.

The first image released by police was later withdrawn, and said to be a witness, not a suspect.

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 officers are seen near the site of a shooting in front of a hospital in Ostrava, Czech Republic, December 10, 2019.   REUTERS/Lukas Kabon
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Police officers outside the hospital in Ostrava
Police outside the hospital in Ostrava
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Police outside the hospital in Ostrava

Police said they got the first call at 7.19am local time, and the first patrols arrived at 7.24am.

The shooting happened in one of the waiting rooms and 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 hospital is in Ostrava, in the eastern Czech Republic.

Key witness in Czech shooting
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Police said this man is a key witness
Police officers stand guard near the site of a shooting in front of a hospital in Ostrava, Czech Republic, December 10, 2019.   REUTERS/Lukas Kabon
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Police officers outside the evacuated hospital

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, Jiri Ovacacek, expressed condolences to the survivors, saying: “I am with you in my heart, I am thinking of you in these tragic hours.”

He also thanked the medical staff and security forces and said he was in touch with the home minister.

There is not yet an indication of a motive for the attack.

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.

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