At least six dead after gunman opens fire in hospital

At least six people have been confirmed dead in a hospital shooting in the eastern Czech Republic.

Police and officials say the gunman is still at large and a manhunt is underway.

Government minister Jan Hamacek said the shooting happened at about 7am local time (6am GMT).

The hospital, which is in Ostrava, has been evacuated.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis told Czech public television that the gunman opened fire in a waiting room.

Police have revealed an image of the suspect and are appealing to the public to locate him but urged ‘utmost caution’.

Police said he quickly fled the scene and is described as about 5.9ft tall and is dressed in a red jacket.

The authorities have spread the image of the suspect – a man of approximately 1.80 tall and dressed in a red jacket – that has escaped.

Czech police said they received reports of a shooting at 7.19 am and arrived at the scene five minutes later.

The force wrote on Twitter: ‘We are currently strengthening the supervision of selected soft targets across the Czech Republic.’

The governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region, Ivo Vondrak, described the shooting as ‘a great tragedy’.

The motive behind the attack is not yet clear.

It is believed a nearby university has been closed for the day for the students’ safety.

Ostrava, near the Polish border in the north east of the Czech Republic, is around 190 miles east of Prague.

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