Thursday, February 26, 2015

Czech Republic: 8 Killed Plus Shooter in Restaurant Shooting


A "crazy murderer" walked into a restaurant Tuesday in the eastern Czech Republic, killing eight people before he took his own life, authorities said.

Diners were settling down for lunch at a restaurant in the center of Uhersky Brod, a town near Ziln of about 17,000 people not far from the Slovak border, when the gunman entered.

The result was one of the Czech Republic's deadliest mass murders in about 40 years.

Authorities haven't named the shooter, nor have they given any indication of his motivation. Interior Minister Milan Chovanec described him as a local man in his 60s who had a permit to own guns.

Reports suggest the gunman was mentally unstable and may have called a Czech TV station's crime line immediately before carrying out the attack.

"We have never seen anything like this before," said Tomas Tuhy, the head of the Czech Republic's national police. "This is a tragedy."

Lunchtime attack

The gunman rushed into the then-packed Druzba restaurant and fired multiple times, Czech TV reporter Vaclav Cernohorsky told CNN, citing the town's mayor. The shooter then killed himself, the mayor reportedly said.

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