Czech Republic mourns victims of horrific shooting at Prague University

After a 24-year-old student shot and killed his father at his Prague university, resulting in the deadliest mass shooting the nation has ever seen, authorities in the Czech Republic have proclaimed a day of mourning.

December 23 will be a day of sorrow, with flags flying at half mast on official buildings and a minute of silence observed at noon, according to President Petr Pavel, who made the announcement at a special cabinet meeting.

As for the needless deaths of so many young lives, Pavel added, “I would convey my profound sorrow along with helpless anger.”

“To everyone who witnessed this horrific incident—the most tragic in Czech Republic history—I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the relatives of the victims.”

On Thursday afternoon, the Charles University Faculty of Arts, which is located across the river from Prague Castle and close to other ancient buildings in the charming city, such as the Charles Bridge from the fourteenth century, was the scene of gunfire.

Images captured by the media showed students barricading classrooms with desks and chairs, others perched on a ledge near the roof, and others leaving the building with their hands in the air in an attempt to hide from the attacker.

Speaking to reporters following the incident, police chief Martin Vondrasek said, “I am able to confirm 14 victims of the terrible crime and 25 injured, of which 10 seriously.”

He said that every victim died within the structure. According to media accounts, at least a few of them were classmates of the gunman.

One of the injured, according to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was a Dutch person.

One of the oldest universities in central Europe, founded in 1348, was the scene of candlelighting outside.

Charles University released a statement saying, “We grieve the passing of the lives of people from our educational community, pay our sincere sympathies to all the grieving, and our prayers are with those who were affected by the tragedy.”

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