Tragedy struck on Saint Mark's Square at around 08:00 on Monday morning, when a young man shot and wounded a policeman guarding the Government building, and then took his own life.
The shooter, reported to be 22 year-old Danijel Bezuk from Kutina, made his approach towards the government building on foot. After the attack he then fled the scene and committed suicide in the nearby Jabukovac neighborhood after being surrounded by police. Luckily the wounded policeman was immediately transferred to the emergency ward and is currently in stable condition. Dr. Zvonimir Puljiz: “Currently his wounds are not life-threatening, he will require a series of operations on his left arm, as well as the wounds sustained to his torso. He was shot four times.”
Prior to the incident the alleged perpetrator posted on his Facebook page: "Enough of the fraud and reckless trampling of human values without consequences." The post has received thousands of comments and likes. Psychiatrist Ante Bagarić: “Obviously there are some ill-meaning people, but if we discount the trolls, clearly people feel a sense of empathy and compassion for this young person who has tried to rebel against the system. People often can't find the right way to improve the system and how to find their place within the system. So, this is expected.”
The shooting has raised the issue of security on Saint Mark's Square, which houses both the government and parliament buildings, as well as the Constitutional Court. Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Davor Božinović: “There exist three different study's, with three different sets of measures that could be applied on Saint Mark's Square, however, this cannot be put in place overnight.”
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković immediately announced that security will be increased, but rejected speculation that Minister Božinović bore any responsibility with regard to the security breach: “No responsibility exists here, I have seen that the media are already exploring that angle, but no. After this we will obviously increase security measures, there's no doubt about that.”
Saint Mark's Square is one of the highlights for tourists visiting Zagreb, however, President Zoran Milanović says he supports government in strengthening security measures in front of the government, parliament and Constitutional Court buildings: “They are first and foremost state institutions and they must be protected appropriately. And if government decides to do so, they have my support, in fact I call on them to do so. It is the only way to physically stop these kinds of things.”