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The Faculty of Arts building at Charles University in Prague was closed for the day on Friday after a deadly shooting on Thursday.

AFP Charles of Prague, the worst attack the Czech Republic has experienced in its contemporary history.

Shocked by this killing, grieving residents of this rather peaceful capital improvised a memorial outside the university consisting of a multitude of candles in tribute to the dead while the police continued their investigation on the campus located in the historic center.

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Many Prague residents lit candles on Friday at the memory of the victims of the shooting that occurred Thursday at Charles University.

Aged 24, the student killed 13 people during the shooting and injured 25 others before committing suicide. A 14th person died of their injuries Friday at the hospital.

Thirteen people died at the scene [of attack]. We need to add the 14th death, who is the shooter. Another victim died in hospital, Interior Minister Vit Rakusan told reporters.

Earlier in the day, he said that those killed had been identified.

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The government declared a day of national mourning on December 23.

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Czech Interior Minister Vit Rakusan addressed the events at Charles University during a press conference on Friday.

Police chief Martin Vondrasek explained earlier that the assailant, unknown to the justice system, had a huge arsenal of weapons and ammunition and that the rapid action of the police had prevented even worse carnage.

All of the people who died were shot inside the building and some of them were college classmates of the killer.

According to Mr. Vondrasek, the police had started searching for the student even before the shooting, because his father's lifeless body had been discovered in the village of Hostoun, west of Prague.

The gunman left for Prague saying he wanted to kill himself, he said, refusing to confirm whether he had actually killed his father.

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Police Chief Martin Vondrasek said the shooter was inspired by a “similar case in Russia.”

Police searched a building at the faculty of arts where the murderer was supposed to report for a class, but he eventually went nearby, to the main faculty building.

It stands close to major tourist attractions such as the 14th-century Charles Bridge and the picturesque Old Town Square.

The Police were informed of the shooting around 3 p.m. local time and immediately dispatched a response unit. Twenty minutes later, the assailant was found dead.

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Charles University's Faculty of Arts is located near Prague's Old Town, a tourist district.

Citing a social media investigation, Vondrasek said the shooter was inspired by a similar case in Russia, without going into details.

This official stressed that the police suspected this same student of having killed a young man and his two-month-old daughter in a pram during a walk in a forest in the eastern suburbs of Prague, December 15.

The investigation into this murder remained at an impasse until evidence uncovered in Hostoun linked him to this crime.

Support from local and international politicians poured in after the tragedy.

Nothing can justify this horrible act.

A quote from Petr Fiala, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, denounced a senseless shooting.

The head of the European Union, Ursula von der Leyen, French President Emmanuel Macron and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky presented their condolences.

According to the Minister of the Interior, Vit Rakusan, the attack has no connection with international terrorism and the student acted alone.

In 2015, a A 63-year-old man shot dead seven men and a woman before ending his life in a restaurant in Uhersky Brod, a town in the southeast of the Czech Republic. In 2019, a man killed six people in the waiting room of a hospital in Ostrava, a city in the east of the country, and a woman died a few days later . The murderer then committed suicide.

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