At Least 15 Dead In Mass Shooting In Prague

At Least 15 Dead In Mass Shooting In Prague

At least 15 people are dead after a gunman opened fire on a university campus in the Czech capital of Prague on Thursday.

The shooting is one of the deadliest to take place in the country. The shooter took his own life, according to The New York Times.

The gunman was a student at Prague’s Charles University and started the rampage inside the school’s philosophy department, Prague Police Chief Martin Vondrasek said, according to the Associated Press. Police have not released the name of the shooter or announced a suspected motive. Investigators do not suspect that the gunman was connected to extremist ideology or groups, Czech Interior Minister Vit Rakusan said.

Witnesses of the shooting say they saw a gunman standing on a balcony of a building and shooting down at people on the outside.


Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala was on a trip to the city of Olomouc when the shooting took place, causing him to cut the trip short and return to the capital city, according to the Times.

In updates posted to social media on Thursday, Prague police warned nearby residents to stay in their homes and for civilians to leave the area, if possible.

The Czech Republic is the only country in Europe in which residents have a constitutional right to bear arms, though firearm ownership in the country is tightly controlled. In order to own a gun, one must pass a test of questions drawn from a pool of over 500. In order to get a concealed carry license, an applicant can miss no more than one question on the test.

All prospective gun owners must also submit to a background check, receive medical clearance, and pass other hurdles.

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