A gunman shot and killed at least six people and seriously injured three others in a hospital waiting room,in the northeast Czech city of Ostrava on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis told Czech public television that the suspect, named locally as Ctirad Vitusek, entered the building at around 7am and opened fire in the trauma unit waiting room at close range, aiming at victims’ heads and necks.
“It’s something we’re not used to in our country,” said Babis, a populist billionaire. “I absolutely don’t understand the motive of this young man.”
The 42-year-old suspect reportedly shot himself in the head while sitting in his car when police tracked him down .
Police said the gunman had used a ‘short firearm’ in the attack and died despite resuscitation efforts.
Four men and two women died during the assault, which lasted only a few seconds according to police. Three other people were seriously wounded while a third person suffered light injuries.
President Milos Zeman has sent his condolences to the victims, “I’m with you in my heart, I’m thinking of you in these tragic hours,” he said in a tweet sent out by his spokesman.