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Suspect Shoots 6 Dead in Czech Hospital, Then Kills Self

PRAGUE—A man with an illegal gun shot six people dead and wounded three more in a hospital in the eastern Czech Republic Tuesday, the prime minister and officials said. The apparent suspect later shot himself dead as police approached his car.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis told Czech public television the shooting took place around 7 a.m. in a waiting room. The attacker opened fire at peoples heads from close range, Babis said.

The prime minister canceled an official visit to Estonia and was heading for the site, at the University hospital in the eastern city of Ostrava, 350 kilometers (220 miles) east of Prague.

“Its a huge tragedy,” Babis later said. “Its an unfortunate, individual act.”

He said the suspect had been treated in the hospital, but didnt offer details.

Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said police found the suspects car and he shot himself in the head as they approached and died from his injuries about half an hour later. Hamacek said police will be investigating his motive.

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Police officers walks outside the University Hospital, which was a site of a shooting, in Ostrava, Czech Republic on Dec. 10, 2019. (Radovan Stoklasa/Reuters)

“Id like to assure the public that theres no danger anymore,” Hamacek said.

Police identified the suspect as a 42-year-old man. Several hundred police officers had launched an extensive manhunt, using two helicopters, for the suspect and his silver-gray Renault Laguna car.

Regional police chief officer Tomas Kuzel said the suspect used an illegally held Czech-made 9 mm gun. He said police believe the suspect who had a criminal record acted alone.