VIENNA (AP) – Authorities in Vienna said at least one person was killed and several others injured in the Austrian capital late on Monday in what security officials described as “a terror attack ”.
“One person died, some were injured (including 1 officer)”, the Vienna police said on Twitter. “A suspect was shot dead by the police.”
The Austrian Press Agency earlier quoted ambulance service spokesman Daniel Melcher as saying there had been some deaths and injuries, although he was unable to provide numbers.
Austria̵7;s top security official said authorities believed there were several attackers involved and that the incident was still ongoing.
“Looks like this is a terrorist attack,” Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told public broadcaster ORF, adding that the perpetrators were armed with rifles.
“I can confirm that there were some injuries and perhaps deaths among them,” said Nehammer.
Vienna police said several shots were shot shortly after 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) on a vibrant street in the city center and there are six different shooting locations.
The police urged people to avoid all open spaces and public transport in the city. Police said trams and buses did not stop and urged social media users not to post videos of police activity in progress, so as not to endanger the officers.
“Some people were injured,” the police tweeted. “We are on the spot with all the forces available. Avoid all public squares in the city.
Oskar Deutsch, head of the Jewish community in Vienna, said the shootings took place on the streets of the city’s main synagogue but it was not clear if the church house was being targeted.
The synagogue was closed at the time of the shooting, Deutsch tweeted.
Rabbi Schlomo Hofmeister told The Associated Press that he had seen at least one person open fire at people sitting outside a bar in the street below his window.
“They fired at least 100 bullets just outside our building,” said Hofmeister.
“All of these bars have outside tables. Tonight is the last before locking the door, ”he added. “Starting at midnight, all the bars and restaurants in Austria will be closed next month and a lot of people probably want to use that evening to be able to go out.”
Frank Jordans reports from Berlin. Kirsten Grieshaber and David Rising contributed to this report from Berlin.