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Deadliest Mass shooting at Prague University, kills 14 and 25 injured

The incident occurred in the vibrant heart of Prague, close to prominent landmarks and situated just across the Vltava River from Prague Castle. This area, renowned for its appeal to tourists, became the scene of a dreadful event that has stunned the nation.

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A tragic mass shooting unfolded at Charles University’s faculty of Arts in Prague, resulting in the loss of a minimum of 14 lives and causing injuries to 25 individuals. This incident stands as the Czech Republic’s most severe occurrence of its kind in decades.

The suspected shooter, a 24-year-old student whose identity is being kept confidential due to the seriousness of his injuries, is reported to have taken his own life, as stated by Czech Police Chief Martin Vondrášek.

Some individual, present on the site, posted on X:

The incident occurred in the vibrant heart of Prague, close to prominent landmarks and situated just across the Vltava River from Prague Castle. This area, renowned for its appeal to tourists, became the scene of a dreadful event that has stunned the nation. The motive behind the attack is currently being probed.

As per law enforcement, the perpetrator had journeyed from his hometown village of Hostouň with the intent to carry out the unthinkable act. Charles University, the site of the shooting, was still conducting classes on the day of the incident and was set to commence its Christmas break the subsequent day, as outlined on the university’s website.

Graduate student Jakob Weizman’s firsthand report, along with others, offers unsettling details about the onset of violence. Weizman and his professor took immediate measures, securing themselves in a classroom with uncertainty about the unfolding events. A photo circulated on social media captured the scene inside, showing individuals seeking shelter on an outdoor ledge at a considerable height.

In a troubling development, it came to light that the police had been informed about the shooter’s intentions prior to the university incident. A tip had been received, revealing the individual’s plan to journey to Prague with the intent of self-harm.

The situation took a more ominous turn when authorities found a deceased man in Hostouň, suspected to be the shooter’s father. However, the connection between these two events is currently under investigation.

Interestingly, the police were aware of the shooter’s timetable, prompting the evacuation of the building where his lecture was scheduled. Despite this proactive measure, a separate shooting incident unfolded in another section of the university, creating a complex and evolving scenario.

Further complicating the investigation, Czech authorities are examining a possible link between the shooter and a double homicide that occurred in Klanovice, a Prague suburb, just one week before the university incident.

The individual responsible for the tragedy, holding a valid firearms permit and possessing multiple weapons, has thrust the nation into the aftermath of an unparalleled calamity. In reaction, the Czech Republic will observe a day of mourning on Saturday to pay tribute to the lives lost.

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