More details are emerging about the Vienna attack. Here’s a summary of what we know so far:
Gunmen with automatic weapons opened fire at six locations in central Vienna on Monday night, killing at least one person and injuring 15 people.
Austrian officials have described the incident as a terrorist attack.
One gunman was shot dead by police, while at least one attacker was still on the run. Authorities are calling on the public to stay while a search is in progress.
According to Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz, the attackers are “very well equipped” with automatic weapons and “professionally prepared”.
However, the authorities have so far discouraged speculation about the attackers’ potential motives.
Gunfire erupted at around 8pm local time, hours before the start of a nationwide shutdown against Covid-19’s revival.
The city’s bars and restaurants are packed with people, with those sitting outside due to the warm weather, enjoying their last few hours of free time.
The shooting happened near Vienna’s main synagogue, Seitenstettengasse Temple, in a crowded area with cafes and restaurants.
Kurz said that “anti-Semitism cannot be ruled out” due to the attack near the synagogue.
Oskar Deutsch, the head of the Jewish community in Vienna, said in a tweet that it was not clear if the synagogue was the target, but it was closed at the time of the shooting. All Jewish facilities, including schools and diet restaurants, will be closed on Tuesday as a precaution, he said.
In a press conference early on Tuesday, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said it was “the toughest day for Austria in years.”
He added that “Those who attack one of us, attack us all.”
Across Europe, leaders have strongly condemned the shootings, following two terrorist attacks in France in recent weeks.
“After France, it’s a friendly country under attack,” French President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter.
Other leaders shared statements expressing their shock and grief, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.