UPDATE 2/24 11:10 a.m. EST: Czech Republic Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, who is currently visiting South Korea, gave a statement regarding the shooting in Uherský Brod. "I am, like most people, shocked by the tragic attack which took place today in Uherský Brod. I wish to express deep sorrow and sincere condolences to the families and relatives of victims who were involved in the shooting," Sobotka told Czech news agency ČTK.

He continued: "I got in touch with Interior Minister Milan Chovanec, whom I asked to personally oversee the investigation. Now it is necessary to provide the space and the time the police require in order to clarify all the circumstances and causes of this extraordinary tragedy."

The mayor of Uherský Brod, Patrik Kuncar, told Czech Television that the shooting was "an isolated incident." He added, "I cannot see security measures that would prevent incidents like this."


At least eight people were killed after a shooter opened fire at a restaurant in the Czech Republic town of Uherský Brod, local media reported Tuesday. Around 20 people were in the restaurant at the time of the shooting. Eight people were killed and one woman remained in serious condition, České Noviny reported. The Czech interior minister said in a statement that the shooting was not related to terrorism and was carried out by a “crazed individual,” according to the BBC.

The gunman, who was around 60 years old, died from a self-inflicted gunshot at Družba restaurant, according to the Associated Press. "He fired about 25 shots and possibly injuring two people," Patrik Kunčar, mayor of Uherský Brod, told České Noviny. The shooter reportedly used a shotgun and may have had a second weapon.

Petr Olšan, a spokesman from the county ambulance service, told the news outlet that a “woman who was shot is in serious condition, and she was sent to the [nearby hospital.]"