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Man Opens Fire in Czech Restaurant, Kills Eight, Then Himself


Police stand near the site of a shooting in the eastern Czech town of Uhersky Brod Feb. 24, 2015.

A gunman opened fire Tuesday at a restaurant in the Czech Republic, killing eight people before turning the gun on himself.

At least one woman was shot in the chest and was in critical condition.

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The incident, which occurred in Uhersky Brod, a town of 17,000 near the border with Slovakia, was the worst peacetime shooting in the country's history, officials said.

Czech public radio said the perpetrator called a local television station before the attack, complaining that police were not solving his problems and threatening that he would take things into his own hands.

The restaurant's owner, Pavel Karlik, said the man walked in and started shooting. Karlik and a number of guests ran out through the back door and then called police.

Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec, who quickly arrived at the scene, said the attack was not a terrorist incident.

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said he was shocked by the attack and offered his condolences to relatives of the victims.