On December 19, 2020, a gunman attacked a university in the Czech Republic’s capital of Prague, killing 14 people and injuring 25 others. The shooter, who was believed to be a student at the university, was later found dead of an apparent suicide.
According to a statement from the police, the shooter was armed with an assault rifle and a pistol before opening fire at the university campus. The suspect had apparently written a detailed plan of the attack before committing suicide at the scene.
Police could not confirm the motive for the shooting, but according to local media reports, there had been significant tension between two student groups in recent weeks. An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
The shooting provoked widespread shock and mourning throughout the Czech Republic. In response, the government declared a three-day period of national mourning and the country’s president, Miloš Zeman, gave a speech in which he condemned the attack and offered his condolences to the victims and their families.