The death toll from a shooting this morning in a university hospital in the northeastern city of the Czech Republic, Ostrava, is at least 6 dead and two seriously injured. To update the death toll was the governor of the Moravian-Silesian region, Ivo Vondrak.
The alleged person responsible for the shooting took his own life. The man, 42, turned his weapon against himself when he was lost, now surrounded by police forces after his escape attempt. “The 42-year-old man shot himself in the head before the police intervened. He died. We thank the citizens for his cooperation,” the Czech police said in a series of messages posted on Twitter. The security forces had chased the suspect, who had fled aboard a Renault Laguna after the massacre, firing shots at the car. The police released a photo of the suspected perpetrator of the massacre and confirmed the death toll of 6 dead and 2 seriously injured.
The images spread at first, relating to what was believed to have been the assailant, actually corresponded to an “important witness” of the facts. “Information on the photo: this person is an important witness but we are looking for another person. Thank you for understanding”, the police had reported.
The president of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, expressed “his most heartfelt condolences” for the victims of the shooting and thanked those who intervened, security forces and emergency teams for their work.