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Austria

One killed, one wounded in Vienna shooting

  • Police say ‘terrorist motive is out of the question’ after incident in historic centre of city
PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 December, 2018, 10:09pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 December, 2018, 3:47am

One person has died and another seriously injured after a shooting in the centre of the Austrian capital of Vienna, police said on Friday, ruling out a terrorist motive.

Police said a man fired several shots in the city’s first district at 1.30pm.

“A terrorist motive is out of the question,” it said in a series of tweets, adding that early indications pointed to a “targeted crime”.

“Following the shooting in the city centre, there are intensive search operations going on throughout the city,” it said.

“There is no danger to bystanders at this time!” it added.

Several people have been stopped and questioned over possible involvement but the suspect it still on the run, the police said.

A police helicopter hovered over the city centre near where the two casualties were found.

The surrounding streets were closed to traffic and pedestrians and local media reported that police in bulletproof vests and helmets had been deployed.

One witness told the Kurier newspaper that the victims had been shot at in a passageway.

“There were two people lying on the ground, and a third guy was saying: ‘Brother, brother!’ in a Slavic language,” the witness said.

Other witnesses said the suspect escaped in a car, according to the ORF broadcaster.