A shooting in the Czech Republic’s capital of Prague on Thursday has left 10 people dead and around two dozen injured, officials say.

Police said they were deployed to a shooting at a school in Jan Palach Square and that the shooter has been “eliminated.”

Prague’s rescue service wrote on X that there are “11 dead including the attacker, 9 seriously injured, 5-6 moderately seriously injured, [and] up to 10 slightly injured.”

It said earlier that “A large number of rescue and medical crews and an inspector intervene at the scene of the shooting” and “Unfortunately, the coroner is also heading to the event.


The circumstances surrounding the shooting were not immediately clear.

The philosophy department of Charles University, which is located at the square, was evacuated, Prague Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda said.

An email sent to staff and students at Charles University said the shooter was inside one of its buildings, according to Reuters.

“Don’t go anywhere, if you’re in the offices, lock them and place furniture in front of the door, turn off the lights,” the email reportedly said.

Czech Interior Minister Vit Rakusan said there was no other shooter at the scene, but he urged people to cooperate with police. 

Pavel Nedoma, the director of Rudolfinum Gallery, which also is located in the square, told Czech public television he saw from a window a person who was shooting from a gun toward the nearby Manes bridge across the Vltava River.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.