BRATISLAVA, SK — (10-13-22) — A ‘Radicalized teenager’ shot and killed two people outside a gay bar in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava on Wednesday. A third person was wounded in the attack on Wednesday evening near the Teplaren bar. The suspected gunman was found dead on Thursday morning, said police.
Slovakia’s LGBT organization expressed their shock at the rare hate crime gun attack.
“The pain is unbearable,” read a short social media post from the venue itself.
Information on his motive has not been released, however, local media outlets are reporting that the ‘Radicalized teenager’ had written on social media anti-LGBT and Jewish people posts.
The young man was also identified in Slovak media as the son of a former candidate for a far-right political party.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Eduard Heger condemned the hate crime attack, saying any form of extremism was unacceptable in Slovakia. President Zuzana Caputova called on the country’s politicians to stop spreading anti-LGBT and anti-sematic dogma.
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 took place shortly after 19:00 local time (18:00 BST) on Wednesday, sparked a massive police manhunt.
Officers reassured the public on Thursday morning that there was no risk of a follow-up shooting as the perpetrator’s body was discovered by police.
The third victim is believed to be an employee of the bar, who is recovering in hospital.
To send your condolences and support to the staff and management of the Teplaren bar, you can do so on Facebook @queerslovakia and on Instagram @queer_slovakia.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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