/ 22 December 2023

A tragedy in Prague

Image: Jorge Franganillo via Wikimedia Commons

At least 16 people are dead and 24 are injured after a gunman opened fire at the Charles University in Prague in what reports are calling the Czech Republic’s worst shooting in modern history. Not much is known publicly about the 24yo gunman’s identity at this stage, but local police say his father was found dead earlier in the day, and the shooter was also later found dead. He was a student at the university and authorities say it’s not being considered a terror incident. The attack began around 3pm local time on Thursday, with reports of gunfire in the uni’s arts faculty. Footage shows panicked students and staff fleeing – with some jumping off building balconies to escape. Czech PM Petr Fiala has cancelled his upcoming engagements in light of the “tragic events”, and the uni is offering students psychological support.

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