Gunman goes on rampage at Czech hospital, kills six, himself

Source: Dawn

A man lights a candles in front of the Faculty Hospital in Ostrava, eastern Czech Republic on December 10, after a gunman opened fire on the morning, killing six people.  — AFP

PRAGUE: A gunman killed himself on Tuesday after shooting dead six patients at a hospital in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava, in what the premier has called “an immense tragedy”.

The attacker gunned down people at close range at the trauma ward of the Faculty Hospital in Ostrava, a steel hub located some 300 kilometres (190 miles) east of Prague.

Four men and two women died during the assault, which police said lasted only a few seconds.

Two other people were seriously wounded — one is in a critical condition after being shot in the head and the other is past the worst following surgery, rescue services said. A third person sustained light injuries.


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