At least 16 people died in the shooting, including David Koza and his father.
A lone gunman opened fire Thursday in a university building in downtown Prague, killing at least 15 people and injuring more than 20 in the Czech Republic’s worst mass shooting.
The bloodshed took place in the philosophy department building of Charles University, where the shooter was a student, Prague Police Chief Martin Vondrasek said.
The gunman also died, and although authorities did not name him, he was later identified as David Koza Prague.
In this article, join us as we learn all about David Koza the butcher of Prague.
Who is David Koza Prague?
David Kozak was the perpetrator of the Prague University shooting in 2023.
24-year-old David Koza Prague was born on December 8th 1999.
A deadly shooting took place in Prague (Czechia) today, December 21.
The suspect is thought to be David Kozak, a 24-year-old philosophy student from Charles University.
The police had been looking for this young man since Thursday afternoon, after a violent death incident in the town of Kladensko.
They later discovered that Kozak was probably the shooter in the Czech capital, who killed at least fifteen people at his university and wounded many others.
The police said that Kozak was carrying a weapon when they searched for him.
The reason why the shooter attacked a school in Prague today is still unclear.
David Koza Prague had a bachelor’s degree in history and European studies and later pursued a master’s degree in history, specializing in the history of Poland.
The shooting happened in the philosophy department building of Charles University, where the shooter was enrolled as a student, according to Prague Police Chief Martin Vondrasek.
The authorities said Koza also lost his life in the shooting and suffered “terrible injuries” but it was not certain if he took his own life or was killed in a shootout with the police.
Vondrasek said there was “no evidence that he had a partner.”
Vondrasek said 24 people were wounded, and the authorities cautioned that more people could die.
Czech Interior Minister Vit Rakusan said the investigators did not think there was any connection to any extremist groups or beliefs.
Vondrasek said the police suspected the shooter had murdered his father in his hometown of Hostoun, west of Prague, earlier that day, and that he had intended to commit suicide. He did not give more details.
The chief said the shooter was a brilliant student with a clean record, but did not offer any other details.
David Koza Prague had purchased several guns legally, and what he did was “carefully planned, a dreadful deed,” Vondrasek said.
According to a post on X by Sulaiman Ahmed, David Koza Prague had kept a diary on a telegram channel and dreamt of committing mass murder and was inspired by:
– Ilyaz Galyaviev: He committed a shooting in a Kazan gymnasium in 2021, killing 9 people.
-Alina Afanaskina recently committed a shooting at a Bryansk school.
“Alina became the last point. It was as if she came to my aid from heaven just in time.” he wrote.
Daily Mail also reported in the lead up to his killing spree, he is thought to have kept a diary in Russian on messaging app Telegram, writing: “I want to do a school shooting and possibly suicide,”
“We mourn the loss of life of members of our university community, express our deepest condolences to all the bereaved and our thoughts are with all those affected by the tragedy,” Charles University said in a statement.
University authorities said they would tighten security in university buildings with immediate effect.
The building where the shooting took place is near the Vltava River in Jan Palach Square, a busy tourist area in Prague’s Old Town.
It is just a few minutes’ walk from the picturesque Old Town Square, a major tourist attraction where a popular Christmas market attracts thousands of visitors.
David Koza Prague Charles University shooter
The tragic incident on December 21, 2023, in Prague involved a mass shooting at Charles University situated in central Prague, Czechia.
The perpetrator, David Koza Prague, claimed the lives of more than 16 individuals, including himself, at the Faculty of Arts on Jan Palach Square.
Additionally, thirty people sustained injuries, with nine in critical condition.
Prompt police intervention led to the cordoning off of Jan Palach Square and its vicinity.
In response to the crisis, law enforcement successfully neutralized the shooter, and the university premises were evacuated.
Czech Interior Minister Vít Rakušan assured the public that there were no other assailants but emphasized the importance of cooperation with the police.
Prime Minister Petr Fiala altered his schedule, rushing to Prague after canceling planned events.
Expressing condolences and shock, Czech President Petr Pavel conveyed his sympathies to the victims’ families through a post on X (formerly Twitter).
Earlier that day, the assailant, grappling with psychological disorders, had murdered his father in Hostoun, west of the capital.
Following this heinous act, he unsuccessfully attempted to detonate a homemade bomb in the same location.
Subsequently, expressing a desire to end his own life, the perpetrator made his way to Prague, initiating the attack at Charles University.
The unfolding chaos prompted pedestrians to flee towards the opposite side of the Vltava, and the French embassy blocked the exit from the French Lycée in Prague to protect students.
Within the university, students sought refuge on the rooftops.
Rapid police response led to the restoration of order, with an official announcement on X around 4 p.m. confirming the neutralization of the assailant and the resolution of the crisis.
“The gunman was eliminated!!!’ police said on X, formerly Twitter.
“The building is currently being evacuated and there are several dead and dozens of wounded people on the scene,”
“Due to the devastating injury sustained by the suspect, we are unable to confirm his identity,” police spokesman Martin Vondráček added.
“From the information available to me, there should have been a suicide, however, the police also used a service weapon,”
Prague gun laws
According to Wikipedia, gun laws in the Czech Republic where David Koza Prague hails from in many respects differ from those in other European Union member states.
The “right to acquire, keep and bear firearms” is explicitly recognized in the first Article of the Firearms Act.
At the constitutional level, the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms includes the “right to defend one’s own life or life of another person also with arms under conditions stipulated by law”.
In the Czech Republic, firearms are available to anyone, subject to acquiring a firearms license.
Firearm licenses may be obtained in a way similar to a driving license; by passing a proficiency exam, medical examination and having no criminal record.
Unlike in most other European countries, Czech firearms legislation also permits citizens to carry concealed weapons for self-defense; 252,245 out of 308,990 gun license holders have a concealed carry permit (31 December 2021).
The most common reason for firearm possession by Czech gun owners is for protection, with hunting and sport shooting being less common.
Additionally, people can join government-endorsed advanced shooting training courses with their privately owned firearms and become civilian reservist.
The beginnings of Czech civilian firearms possession dates back to 1421, with the first use of firearms as the primary weapons of Hussite militia (see History of Czech civilian firearms possession).
Firearms became indispensable tools for the mostly-commoner militia in a war for religious freedom and political independence. Firearms possession became common throughout and after the Hussite wars.
The universal right to keep arms for “all people of all standing” was formally affirmed in the 1517 Wenceslaus Agreement. Throughout its 600-year history, Czech firearms legislation remained permissive, with the exception of the periods of German Nazi occupation and of the Communist regime.
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