Prague Mass Shooting Leaves 15 Dead, Horrific Videos Surface

Prague Mass Shooter Dead, Confirmed As 24-Year-Old Student [VIDEO]

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By Kelly Coffey-Behrens on December 21, 2023 at 1:25 PM EST
Updated on December 21, 2023 at 1:35 PM EST

The suspect in the mass shooting at Charles University in Prague, leaving 15 dead, is confirmed to be a 24-year-old student at the school. His body was found in the university's philosophy building, according to officials.

A motive is still under investigation.

Warning: The videos in this article are graphic. Viewer discretion is advised. 

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Shooter Opened Fire At University In Prague

According to eyewitnesses, a student opened fire in the philosophy department building on Thursday, killing at least 15 people. Police have confirmed this to be one of the Czech Republic’s worst mass shootings of its kind. The last mass shooting was in 2019, where seven people were killed by a gunman, who later took his own life in an Ostrava hospital.

The suspect of the Prague mass shooting has not been named publicly but has been identified as a 24-year-old student.

The tragedy took place on Thursday at Charles University in Prague. U.S. Embassy Prague took to social media at the time of the shooting.

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“There is an active shooter situation in the vicinity of the Charles University Philosophy Faculty building near Jan Palach Park in Prague,” they wrote. “Police reportedly have the situation contained, but the area remains locked down. You are advised to avoid this area of Prague for the remainder of the day. Monitor local media for updates.”

In a later update, “Czech police confirm the shooter is dead, and the situation is contained. Police report several dead and injured. Please continue to avoid the area for the remainder of the evening.”

Videos of the incident have surfaced on social media, showing the horrific events. In one video, gunshots can be heard as police blare their sirens and rush down the streets to the crime scene.

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Another video shows students hiding on a ledge during the mass shooting.

30 more people have been injured, with nine in serious condition.

Katerina Vodvarkova, a foreign news reporter at TV Nova, was near the university when the mass shooting occurred. “Personally, I never experienced anything like this in Prague. I watched students being evacuated and I had tears in my eyes that they had to witness this,” she told BBC.

Adding, "This is the busiest season for Prague, where we have our most famous Christmas market. It breaks my heart that visitors have to witness this.”

Prague Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda told Czech television, "We always thought that this was a thing that did not

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concern us. Now it turns out that, unfortunately, our world is also changing and the problem of the individual shooter is emerging here as well."

Students were running for cover after the shooter opened fire.

Another video, that was taken from inside a classroom, has been shared to X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

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Petr Nedoma, director of the Rudolfinum Gallery at a concert hall across Palach Square, told Czech TV he saw the shooter. “I saw a young person on the gallery who had some weapon in his hand, like and automatic weapon, and shooting toward the Manes Bridge. Repeatedly, with some interruptions, then I saw as he shot, put hands up and threw the weapon down on the street, it lay there on the pedestrian crossing,” he said.

At this time, 15 people are confirmed to be dead, with 30 more injured. Up to 200 students were moved to safety.

Police said the father of the shooter, who was a student at the faculty, was found dead earlier on Thursday.

This story is developing.

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