Updated December 22nd, 2023 at 08:45 IST

15 killed and several injured in the Prague university shooting, Police say gunman is 'eliminated'

A university in the Czech capital was left in shock after an incident of mass shooting in central Parague has left 15 people dead and several seriously injured.

Reported by: Bhagyasree Sengupta
A police officer guards a street after a shooting in downtown Prague, Czech Republic | Image:AP
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Prague: A university in the Czech capital was left in shock after an incident of mass shooting in central Parague has left at least 15 people dead and several seriously injured. On Thursday, armed police were called to the university building in Jan Palach Square in Prague after a gunman open-fired inside the university premises, The Independent reported. Shortly after the report of the tragic incident broke out the Czech police informed that they had “eliminated” the shooter involved in the incident. 

“We are currently responding to a reported shooting at a school in Náměstí Jan Palach. At the moment, all components of the IZS are going to the place. We will provide more information as soon as possible,” the Czech police said in its initial report on the matter. “Based on initial information, we can confirm that there are dead and injured people at the scene,” the police eventually confirmed on X, formally known as Twitter, sharing the video from the site. Meanwhile, Prague mayor Bohuslav Svoboda confirmed that the philosophical faculty of Charles University, located at the square was evacuated shortly after the incident. 

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Amid the chaos, an email was sent to staff and students at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in which it was stated that the active shooter was still in the building, urging staff to “stay put”.  “Don’t go anywhere, if you’re in the offices, lock them and place furniture in front of the door, turn off the lights,” the email reads. 

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Czech President condemns the incident

Calling it a “shocking incident”, Czech President Petr Pavel condemned the whole ordeal and extended condolences to families of the victims. “I am shocked by the events at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University. I would like to express my deep regret and sincere condolences to the families and relatives of the victims that the shooting claimed,” Pavel wrote on X, formally known as Twitter. “I want to thank the citizens for respecting the instructions of the security forces and providing maximum cooperation,” he added. 

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Shortly after the news broke out, Pavel Nedoma, the director of Rudolfinum Gallery, which also is located in the square, told Czech public television that he saw from a window a person who was shooting from a gun toward the nearby Manes bridge across the Vltava River. Meanwhile, the country's Prime Minister Petr Fiala has cancelled his scheduled events and is reportedly heading to Prague. 

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Published December 21st, 2023 at 22:13 IST