“We’ve very recent unconfirmed data from an account on a social community that he was supposedly impressed by one terrorist assault in Russia within the autumn of this yr,” Vondrasek advised reporters, including the shooter was a authorized holder of a number of firearms.
“It was a pre-mediated horrific act that began within the Kladno area and sadly ended right here.”
The gunman’s dying was doubtless a suicide however authorities are additionally investigating whether or not he could have been killed by police who returned fireplace, Vondrasek added. Police mentioned he was a high-achieving pupil with no prior prison document and acted alone.
Police requested to not reveal the person’s id however his identify reported by some Czech media matched a police search report.
Authorities sealed off the sq. and space adjoining to the school constructing, in a busy historic district down the hill from Prague Citadel on a well-liked avenue resulting in Previous City Sq..
Media pictures confirmed college students evacuating the constructing with their fingers within the air, and others perched on a ledge close to the roof making an attempt to cover from the attacker whereas college students barricaded school rooms with desks and chairs.
“We all the time thought that this was a factor that didn’t concern us. Now it seems that, sadly, our world can be altering and the issue of the person shooter is rising right here as properly,” Prague Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda advised Czech Tv.