ZAGREB – A gunman on Monday shot and wounded a police officer outside the Croatian government headquarters in the capital, Zagreb, before killing himself, police said.
The shooting happened around 8 a.m. at Trg Svetog Marka, or St. Mark’s Square, which hosts the Croatian parliament building and other other important state institutions.
Police said another officer at the scene fired at the attacker who fled after the shooting and later committed suicide nearby. They said he was a 22-year-old Croatian citizen not previously known to the police.
Croatian media reported the attacker posted a message on Facebook after the shooting saying there has been “enough fraud” and "trampling of human values." Reports said he was from the central town of Kutina and he was described as “decent” by acquaintances.
The 31-year-old officer underwent surgery and his condition is stable, said the police. He had four wounds, to his torso and one arm, but no vital organs were hit, doctors said.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said an investigation is underway to determine whether the shooting was an “event of individual character.”
“We do not know enough at this moment,” Plenkovic told reporters. He said the attacker walked to the square, which is open to the public despite hosting top state institutions.
“We have a culture of openness,” said Plenkovic. “This brings us to a new situation and rethinking of security.”