A lone gunman armed with a sniper rifle picked people off from the rooftop of a prestigious University in Prague today during an hour-long shooting spree which ended when elite police officers stormed the building.
The shocking incident unfolded over a chaotic hour this afternoon, sending people in the Czech capital fleeing in panic from the scene, and left at least 15 people dead with dozens more injured in one of the country’s worst ever mass shootings.
The bulk of the bloodshed took place in the philosophy department building of Charles University, where the shooter was a student, Prague Police Chief Martin Vondrasek said, but began earlier in a small town ten miles away.
Reports of the attack began this afternoon at around 2.30pm local time (1.30pm GMT), with reports of an active shooter at Charles University in the centre of the city.
But this came after Czech police received information at 12.45pm of a man who had been killed in the village of Hostouň, who is understood to be the shooter’s father.
The shooter has not been named publicly, but officials said he was 24 years old.