Zagreb shooting: St. Mark's Square sealed off, police investigation underway

NEWS 12.10.2020 10:52
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Source: Josip Regovic/PIXSELL

There is strong police presence in Zagreb's St. Mark's Square, where a police officer was seriously wounded on Monday morning when a man shot at him with an automatic weapon, after which he committed suicide at a different location.

Helicopters are fyling over the scene and police are letting into streets around the square only people who live there.

An investigation is underway to establish facts about the shooting. According to eyewitnesses’ accounts, the attacker opened fire at the government building, wounding the 31-year-old policeman who works as a personal security officer for the government.

St. Mark’s Square is where the parliament and government buildings as well as the Constitutional Court are located.

Minister of the Interior Davor Bozinovic, War Veterans Minister Tomo Medved, and Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic have arrived at the scene.

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Plenkovic was not in the government offices at the time of the attack.

Police said earlier that they had found the man matching the description of the perpetrator and that he had committed suicide.

According to media reports, eyewitnesses saw the attacker arrive outside the government building from the northern side of the Church of St. Mark and fire at the entrance to the building, gravely injuring the police officer standing there. He then turned to the other side, fired again at the parliament building and ran away.

The head of the city’s Sisters of Charity Hospital, Mario Zovak, where the police officer was taken, said the officer had been shot in the left arm and both sides of his torso but that his condition was stable for the time being.

Zagreb police said the police officer had undergone surgery and his condition was stable.

The parliament has cancelled all visits and meetings scheduled for today.