Police officers stand guard near the site of a shooting in front of a hospital in Ostrava, Czech Republic [Lukas Kabon/Reuters]

An attacker shot and killed at least six people and seriously injured two at a hospital in the northeast Czech city of Ostrava on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis told Czech public television the shooting took place in a waiting room. The attacker opened fire at people’s heads from close range, Babis said. He said he is heading for the site.

Police said on Twitter they were searching for the gunman. Czech TV reported that he was about 180 centimetres (5.9 feet) tall.

People have been evacuated from the hospital and security has been increased across the country.

“I can confirm a shooting

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