Shooting underway in Vienna, Austria against six locations: several dead

The Austrian Chancellor condemns “a disgusting terrorist attack”: dozens and dozens of shots were fired in the evening, shortly after 8 pm, in the center of Vienna. Six different places were targeted, there would be at least two dead including a suspect, and also injured: 15 people were hospitalized, including seven seriously injured.

Several shooters dressed in white overalls and armed with rifles were caught on camera by surveillance cameras, shooting at passers-by and finishing off the wounded.

The facts took place in a street which shelters one of the most important synagogues of Vienna, closed at the time of the shooting. But whether the synagogue or the Jewish community could be the target is not clear. In this street an attack in 1981 had killed two people.

As in Paris in November 2015, the terraces targeted
A witness says he saw a gunman shoot people seated on the terraces, while the Viennese were taking advantage of their last evening before confinement, decided from midnight, for a month, to curb the covid-19 pandemic.

The police are deployed in force in the center of the capital, the attack is not over, residents have been asked to stay locked in their homes, public transport no longer serves the city center. Police also asked social media users not to post videos of the ongoing operation, so as not to endanger the officers.

The authorities evoke a probable series of terrorist attacks: several shots were fired in the evening, shortly after 8 p.m., in the center of Vienna. Six different places were targeted, there would be two dead including a suspect, another could be on the run “, and also injured, according to the Austrian Ministry of the Interior.

The events took place in a street that houses a synagogue, closed at the time of the shooting. But whether the synagogue or the Jewish community could be the target is not clear.

The police are deployed in force in the center of the capital, the attack is not over, residents have been asked to stay locked in their homes, public transport no longer serves the city center. Police also asked social media users not to post videos of the ongoing operation, so as not to endanger the officers.

The EU strongly condemned a “cowardly act”.

French President Emmanuel Macron immediately tweeted: “We, the French, share the shock and grief of the Austrian people struck tonight by an attack in the heart of their capital, Vienna. After France, it is a friendly country that is under attack . This is our Europe. Our enemies must know who they are dealing with. We will not give in. ”

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