Fire and Shooting Lead to Mayhem on Wenceslas Square Yesterday

Fire and Shooting Lead to Mayhem on Wenceslas Square Yesterday

Prague’s city center saw a heavy police and fire brigade presence yesterday after a hotel fire in the neighborhood led to the evacuation of guests and a fatal shooting claimed the life of a would-be robber.

The first incident took place yesterday afternoon when a shooting occurred on Opletalova Street following a man’s attempt to rob an arms shop at knife point.

The attacker was wounded by a gunshot; the clerk suffered stab wounds. The suspect apparently succumbed to his injuries later in a Prague hospital, according to iROZHLAS.cz. The clerk is said to be recovering.

Following the shooting, Opletalova Street was partially closed and under patrol by policemen with machine guns.

The hotel is on the front side facing the square, adjacent to the back of the Franciscan Garden. It was built in Prague by famous coffee house operator Karel Juliš. The functionalist architect of the building, which is registered on the list of cultural monuments, was Pavel Janák. 


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