Mass Shooting Rocks Prague University: 14 Dead, Dozens Injured

Mass Shooting Rocks Prague University: 14 Dead, Dozens Injured

In a horrifying incident that unfolded today at Charles University in Prague, a lone gunman opened fire in the philosophy department building, leaving at least 14 people dead and more than 20 injured, according to officials from the city’s rescue service and police.

The assailant, identified as a student at the university, targeted the philosophy department building. Prague Police Chief Martin Vondrasek revealed that the suspected gunman, who remains unnamed, also died at the scene. The shooting represents the deadliest mass shooting in the Czech Republic’s history.

Authorities initially reported 15 dead, but later corrected the count to 14, with 25 individuals sustaining injuries. Police have refrained from disclosing details about the victims and have not provided a clear motive for the attack. Czech Interior Minister Vit Rakusan stated that there is no suspicion of any connection to extremist ideologies or groups.

Earlier in the day, police believe the assailant killed his father in Hostoun, just west of Prague, and had intentions of taking his own life. The suspect, described as an excellent student, legally owned several firearms, and the police chief noted that the act was “well thought out” and a “horrible act.”

While the suspect suffered “devastating injuries,” it is unclear whether he took his own life or was shot by law enforcement during an exchange of gunfire. Vondrasek emphasized that there is “nothing to suggest that he had an accomplice.”

Authorities moved swiftly to dispel concerns of international terrorism or involvement by foreign interests. Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and Interior Minister Rakusan both emphasized that the incident appears to be the act of a lone gunman.

Czech President Petr Pavel expressed shock and extended condolences to the victims’ relatives. The international community, including the United States, has not reported any of its citizens being injured or killed in the attack.

The shooting occurred in a bustling tourist area in Prague’s Old Town, near the Vltava River, just minutes away from the Old Town Square and a popular Christmas market. The government evacuated the building, and police are conducting searches for potential explosives.

As the nation grapples with this unprecedented tragedy, Czech leaders expressed gratitude for the outpouring of condolences and support from around the world. The government has scheduled an emergency session to address the aftermath of the shooting.