Czech restaurant shooter a sexagenarian 'crazed individual'

The shooting incident at a restaurant in Czech town of Uhersky Brod is not a terrorist attack but an insane act by a "crazed individual" in his 60s, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said.

By Supriya Jha | Updated: Feb 25, 2015, 14:29 PM IST
Czech restaurant shooter a sexagenarian 'crazed individual'

Prague: The shooting incident at a restaurant in Czech town of Uhersky Brod is not a terrorist attack but an insane act by a "crazed individual" in his 60s, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said.

The small and usually peaceful town of Uhersky Brod in the Czech Republic was shaken yesterday after a gunman barged in 'Druzba restaurant' and started firing indiscriminately at people, before shooting himself dead, according to mayor Patrik Kuncar.

Eight people were killed and a waitress who was injured by a gunshot in her chest, remains critical.

According to Czech media reports, the gunman had himself called a local TV station which then informed the police.

Given the recent attacks like on Charlie Hebdo office in Paris and Sydney cafe siege, there were fears of a terror angle.

However, Interior Minister Milan Chovanec has ruled out any such thing saying, “it was not a terrorist attack”, but the act of a "crazed individual".

The shooter had a gun license and was armed with two pistols and opened fire at the approaching police officers, Chovanec said.

The shooter is said to be a sexagenarian and a local citizen who might be suffering from some mental health issues.

"I'm rattled by this event. I never would have imagined something like this happening here, in a restaurant that I know well,” the mayor told a local news channel, reported the Telegraph.

"I am shocked by the tragic attack in Uhersky Brod," Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said in a statement while on a trip to South Korea. He offered his condolences to the victims' relatives.