Two men were shot dead outside a gay bar in Bratislava, the capitol of Slovakia, by a young male described as a “radicalized teenager” by Prime Minister Eduard Heger.
Two dead after shooting outside LGBT bar in Slovakia https://t.co/YE3B8gLizN
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) October 13, 2022
Via Agence France-Presse:
The shooting happened on Wednesday outside the Teplaren bar and police said they found the gunman dead at another location on Thursday.
“Two people were murdered just because they were part of the LGBTI community,” Heger said. “This is unacceptable,” he told reporters, adding: “In a free and democratic country, homosexuals have a right to live freely.”
On Twitter, Heger described the shooter as a “radicalised teenager”.
Local media identified him as 19-year-old Juraj Krajcik, the son of a prominent member of the far-right Vlast party.
According to the BBC, a third person, believed to be an employee of the bar, was also wounded in the attack. He’s reported to be recovering in the hospital.
Police say the suspected gunman was found dead on Thursday morning. While no motive has been made public, local media reported that he had written social media posts indicating that he held views against LGBT and Jewish people.
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.
President Zuzana Caputova called on the country’s politicians to stop spreading hate.
— Sara Cincurova (@Sara_Cincurova) October 14, 2022
Today, I happen to visit Bratislava, Slovakia 🇸🇰 on one of the saddest days. After an attack on local #LGBTQIA+ community as 2 persons were killed outside #LGBTQ+ bar 🏳️🌈 on Wednesday night, thousands of people joined the march against hatred today.
In solidarity with you 🕯 pic.twitter.com/NJAeQH6O6j
— June Watsamon T. 🏳️🌈 (@junewatsamon) October 14, 2022
The suspect reportedly posted photos from in front of the bar on social media in the past few weeks. You’ll also notice his use of the white supremacy hand signal in one photo.
🇸🇰 Two people have been shot dead outside an LGBTQ+ bar in Bratislava, Slovakia.
🔴 The suspect, who was later found dead, had shared an anti-Semitic and homophobic document on Twitter before the shooting, according to local media. pic.twitter.com/YJWaEP7svY
— Openly 🏳️🌈 (@Openly) October 14, 2022