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A Shooting Outside A LGBT Bar Left Two People Dead

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In the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, a shooting outside an LGBT venue has claimed the lives of two persons.

In the incident on Wednesday night near the Teplaren bar, close to the city center, a third person was hurt.

According to authorities, the alleged shooter was discovered dead on Thursday morning.

His motivation has not been made public. But according to local media, he had posted on social media that he had opinions towards Jews and LGBT people.

The young man’s parentage as the son of a former candidate for a far-right political party was also revealed in Slovak media.

The incident was denounced on Thursday by Prime Minister Eduard Heger, who also criticized all forms of extremism. President Zuzana Caputova meanwhile urged the nation’s politicians to refrain from inciting hatred.

 

The apparent hate crime sparked renewed calls for an end to homophobia in Slovakia, a relatively conservative EU country where same-sex marriage is not permitted.

The shooting, which shortly after 19:00 local time (18:00 BST) on Wednesday, sparked a police manhunt.

Officers reassured the public on Thursday morning that there was no risk of a follow-up shootings from the same perpetrator, having discovered the body of their main suspect.

Slovakia’s LGBT organisations expressed their shock at the rare gun attack.

“The pain is unbearable,” read a short social media post from the venue itself.

The third victim is believed to be an employee of the bar, who is recovering in hospital.

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