Video: Vienna gunman captured on camera
Vienna: Multiple gunmen opened fire at six locations in central Vienna starting near the central synagogue on Monday, killing at least one person and wounding several others in what the interior minister said appeared to be a terrorist attack.
Several “heavily armed and dangerous” attackers were still on the loose as police shut down and sealed off large parts of central Vienna in a manhunt, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said. Residents were urged to stay indoors.
“We have brought several special forces units together that are now searching for the presumed terrorists. I am therefore not limiting it to an area of Vienna because these are mobile perpetrators,” Nehammer told broadcaster ORF.
Police said on Twitter that at least one person had been killed and several injured, including a police officer. Vienna mayor Michael Ludwig told ORF that 15 people were being treated in Vienna hospitals, and that seven were in a serious condition.
Police also said they had shot dead one of the attackers.
Nehammer said all six locations in the attack were in the immediate vicinity of the street housing the central synagogue.
Jewish community leader Oskar Deutsch said on Twitter it was not clear whether the Vienna synagogue and adjoining offices had been the target and said they were closed at the time.
“We are living in the compound of the synagogue. Upon hearing shots we looked down (from) the windows and saw the gunmen shooting at the guests of the various bars and pubs,” Rabbi Schlomo Hofmeister told London’s LBC radio.
“The gunmen were running around and shooting at least 100 rounds or even more in front of our building,” he said.
Twitter users were sharing a video of the gunmen firing shots. Veracity of the clip could not be independently verified.