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Police shelve Uherský Brod shooting massacre case

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Uhersky Brod, South Bohemia, Aug 24 (CTK) – The Czech police shelved the case of a man who shot dead eight people in a pub on February after six months because the shooter, 63-year-old Zdenek Kovar, committed suicide shortly after his attack, regional police spokesman Lenka Javorkova told CTK Monday.

The police investigated the case as a murder of eight and an attempted murder of further people.

This has been the most tragic shooting incident in the Czech Republic. The attacker, an unemployed local man, entered the pub and opened fire from two guns that he legally owned and then he shot himself. None of the victims was related to him in any way.

Javorkova said several expert reports from criminal and medical reports were worked out for the police.

A psychologist concluded that the man suffered from a mental disease and acted under the influence of this disease.

Kovar killed seven men and one woman, aged from 27 to 66, he injured another woman and several people managed to escape from the restaurant.

Uhersky Brod mayor and some locals challenged the police action after the shooting attack. The General Inspection of Security Forces has been investigating the police steps. The regional police management punished two officers, but it said the mistakes had not threatened anybody’s life or health.

The local authorities plan to unveil a memorial to the tragedy on its first anniversary next year.

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