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At least 4 dead in Czech hospital shooting; shooter at large

10 December 2019

An alleged gunman is on the loose after killing six people and injuring two in a shooting at a hospital in eastern Czech Republic.

Officials say the shooter is at large. Police evacuated the hospital and were looking for a male suspect.

Police personnel and paramedics outside the Ostrava Teaching Hospital.

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The DNES daily reported on its website that the shooting had occurred at the trauma ward of the hospital in Ostrava, a steel hub located around 300km east of Prague.

Police posted on Twitter a picture of a man they initially identified as a suspect but later clarified was a witness, saying they were also searching for another person.

Shooting was on the 3rd floor of the traumatology department, according to local media.

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Earlier reports had put the death toll at four, with two others seriously wounded.

The Minister said that special police units, including the Rapid Deployment Unit and the Police Helicopter, were intervening on the ground.

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At least 4 dead in Czech hospital shooting; shooter at large