Man fatally shoots six persons before killing self at hospital in Czech

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Police officers are seen near the site of a shooting in front of a hospital in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

A gunman shot dead six people on Tuesday at a hospital waiting room in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava in an unexplained attack, authorities said.

It was the worst shooting in the Czech Republic since a man shot eight people dead at a restaurant in Uhersky Brod in 2015.

Police said they received calls about a shooting at 7:19 a.m. (0619 GMT) at the University Hospital in Ostrava, near the border with Poland, and officers were on the scene five minutes later.

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Police officers stand guard near the site of a shooting in front of a hospital in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

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

The police later said a man had shot himself in the head in a car they had been looking for as part of a manhunt for the attacker.

“Police found the car, there was shooting heard from the site. We are establishing the identity of the man who shot himself in the head before the police action,” the police said on Twitter.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis told the same broadcaster the shootings occurred at close range in the waiting room, while Health Minister Adam Vojtech said six people had died.

The hospital was evacuated and police were working to secure surrounding areas. Hamacek and Babis headed to Ostrava, 350 km (217 mi) east of the capital Prague.

There was no word on possible motivation for the attack.

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