6 dead after man opens fire in Czech hospital waiting room

Police officers seen near the site of a shooting in front of a hospital in Ostrava Czech Republic on Dec 10 2019

Prime Minister Andrej Babis told Czech Television the shootings occurred at close range in the waiting room, while Health Minister Adam Vojtech said six people had died.

Officials say six people are dead and the shooter is still at large.

Police personnel and paramedics outside the Ostrava Teaching Hospital.

Soon after the incident, Czech police released a picture of the suspect wanted over the shooting.

A gunman has shot at least seven people as he entered the hospital in Ostrava Poruba at just after 7am this morning.

Officials initially published a photo of a man in a red jacket they said was the suspect, but later said that person was an important witness.

Two others are seriously wounded. Police are boosting security across the country.

Shooting was on the 3rd floor of the traumatology department, according to local media.

The Minister said that special police units, including the Rapid Deployment Unit and the Police Helicopter, were intervening on the ground.



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