David Kozak, a 24-year=old scholar, was behind the mass shooting at Charles University Prague in which 14 died and 25 were injured.
In a tragic incident that unfolded at Charles University Prague, Czech Republic, on Thursday, a devastating mass shooting claimed the lives of no less than 14 individuals, with an additional 25 sustaining injuries. The grim episode transpired within the philosophical enclave of the esteemed institution, marking it as the most harrowing mass shooting in the annals of the Czech Republic. Authorities are diligently probing the circumstances, and the current fatality count might unfortunately ascend.
The perpetrator, identified as David Kozak, a 24-year-old scholar specializing in history, has become the focal point of scrutiny. Hailing from a village nearly 20 kilometers outside Prague, Kozak was pursuing his Masters Degree in Polish History at Charles University Prague, earning accolades as an “exemplary student,” according to Prague Police Chief Martin Vondrasek.
Kozak, legally possessing multiple firearms, executed the heinous act with meticulous planning, leaving law enforcement to characterize it as a “well thought out and horrendous act,” as asserted by the Police Chief. Notably armed during the rampage, Kozak is also implicated in the alleged murder of his father in the nearby town of Houston before embarking on his lethal spree within Prague. Authorities affirm he acted alone.
The discovery of Kozak’s lifeless body within the university raises questions about whether he took his own life or succumbed to police gunfire. The unsettling revelations include Kozak discussing his sinister intentions of orchestrating a school shooting on the messaging app Telegram. His channel served as a kind of “diary” chronicling his life “pre-shooting.” A chilling post on the platform declared, “I want to execute a school shooting and possibly commit suicide,” coupled with a disturbing revelation of harboring homicidal tendencies for the future.
Further suspicions tie Kozak to the shooting deaths of both a father and a newborn just a week prior to his notorious spree, as reported by AP. Despite these disconcerting details, the police remain reticent about victim particulars and the potential motive behind the shooting. Czech Interior Minister Vit Rakusan underscores that investigators currently discount any links to extremist ideologies or groups.
In the aftermath, university authorities have pledged to fortify security measures within campus premises promptly. Their official statement expresses profound condolences to the grieving families who have lost their dear ones, with thoughts extended to those currently grappling for survival.