Gunman shoots dead six in Czech hospital then kills himself

A man has shot dead six people in a hospital waiting room in the Czech city of Ostrava before shooting himself, authorities have said.

About three hours after the attack, police found the suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a vehicle, according to media reports.

The police tweeted: “Police found the car and 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 mass shooting on Tuesday was the deadliest in the country since 2015, when a man killed eight people before killing himself in a pub in the eastern city of Uherský Brod.

Police said they received calls about the incident at 7.19 am (0619 GMT) at the University hospital in Ostrava, an eastern city near the Polish border. Officers arrived at the scene five minutes later.

The director of the hospital, Jiří Havrlant, said five people were killed in the attack and another had died while undergoing surgery. Two others were seriously injured, he said. No medics were wounded in the incident.

The attack happened in the waiting room of the outpatients clinic and victims had been shot at close range, Havrlant said.


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