Eleven people were killed and approximately 30 more injured in a shooting that took place at Charles University in Prague, in the building that houses the university’s Department of Philosophy. The shooter is dead.
The shooting took place this afternoon in the downtown Prague building on Jan Palach Square, according to multiple news outlets. The philosophy department was evacuated and the square was cordoned off.
Reportedly, some people hid from the shooter by crouching on a ledge on the outside of the building:No details regarding the identity of the victims or the shooter, or the possible motivations of the shooter, have been made available at this time. UPDATE: Reportedly, the shooter has been identified as a 24-year-old student at the university, who may have been on the run from police who were investigating his involvement in a violent death in a town outside of Prague.
UPDATE 2 (12/21/23): The New York Times reports:
- the shooter killed 14 people
- the shooter was a history student
- police believe he shot his father at their family home in Kladno before heading into Prague
- the shooter is believed to have been inspired by mass shootings that had taken place in Russia, based on social media posts he is believed to have made. One of the posts says, “I always wanted to kill. I thought I would be a maniac in the future.”
- a police spokesman said of the shooter, “He had a lot of guns, special army guns, but all of these guns were legal.”
- police had information “that an attack at the school was imminent” and so were already nearby when the shooting began.