It was like a bad dream. Slovaks are trying to come to terms with the worst gun rampage in the young country’s history in which eight people including the killer died.
Little hard information has come to light as yet, and rumours are swirling in the absence of facts.
What is known is that the gunman, who still has not been identified, targeted a Roma family, killing at least five of its members, another man, and a woman in a nearby flat.
“I came here and I saw a dead body in the street, and a man shooting all around with a big gun. I hid because I did not know what to do or how to get home. I live there,” said one resident of the block of flats where the shootings took place.
Police were quickly on the scene but the media were caught on the hop and 24 hours after the tragedy have been unable to explain the shocking events.
The latest news is that the gunman was a former soldier who held a gun permit, but the police are refusing to speculate on his motives.