At approximately 1500 local time (1300 UTC) on 15 May 2024, Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot and wounded in the town of Handlova, located approximately 190 km (120 mi) northeast of the capital Bratislava. Local media reported the prime minister was in front of the House of Culture — where a government meeting was held — and had emerged to greet his supporters when the shooting occurred. Police officers detained a suspect shortly after the attack and are conducting an investigation. Fico has been transported to a nearby medical facility reportedly in critical condition and is undergoing surgery.