At least one officer was among the wounded. The police shot and killed a suspect.
Authorities said at least one person was killed and 10 others, including a police officer, were injured in a “apparent terrorist attack” near the synagogue in central Vienna.
The incident happened at around 8 p.m. local time and the first shots were shot near the synagogue, an Interior Ministry spokesman told ABC News. The gunmen then opened fire in five other places in the downtown area, the spokesman said.
Seven of the injured were listed in critical condition until Monday night and are being treated at six hospitals in the area, Christoph Mierau of the Vienna Health System confirmed to ABC News.
A suspect was shot dead by the police.
Locals are being advised to avoid nearby public places and public transport because the authorities said they initially reacted to “some suspects with rifles” at “six. Different shooting locations “. The scene was considered “still active” late on Monday, police said via Twitter.
The head of the Jewish community in Vienna, Oskar Deutsch, told The Associated Press earlier the same day that the shooting occurred near the city’s main synagogue, but it was not clear whether the building was targeted. . It was closed at the time of the incident.
“We are currently going through difficult times in our republic. I want to thank all emergency services that risk their lives, especially today, for safety. Our police will take decisive action against the perpetrator of this vile terrorist attack, “Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz said via Twitter. “I am very pleased that our police officers were able to neutralize the perpetrator. We will never let ourselves be threatened by terrorism and will be resolute against these attacks in any way. “
An interior ministry spokesman said the search was still going on as of midnight local time.
Children were encouraged not to attend classes on Tuesday, even though schools were not closed.
According to David Schoen, spokesman for the Czech police, security checks – such as authorities randomly stopping cars and inspecting them – at the border were carried out in response to the attack. .
The US Embassy in Vienna also warned Americans in the city to be cautious and stay indoors as the hunt continues.