Vienna shooting LIVE updates: Several dead in terror attack near synagogue in Austrian capital

SEVERAL people in Vienna have been injured and two killed – including one suspect- after multiple shootings took place near a synagogue in the Austrian capital.

The nation’s public broadcaster, ORF, cited witnesses saying several shots were fired shortly after 8pm (7pm GMT).

Around fifteen people have been injured as a result of the attacks, which took place at six different locations near the Stadttempel synagogue.

According to local reports, one police officer was shot and injured, while one suspect was shot dead by officers, news agency APA said, citing the interior ministry.

More than one gunman is believed to be involved in the incident and are still at large.

The incident is being treated as terror related.

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    AT LEAST 100 ROUNDS WERE FIRED, SAYS RABBI

    Rabbi Schlomo Hofmeister told the Associated Press that he saw at least one person fire shots at people sitting outside bars in the street below his window.

    “They were shooting at least 100 rounds just outside our building,” Mr Hofmeister said. 

    “All these bars have tables outside. This evening is the last evening before the lockdown,” he added. 

    “As of midnight, all bars and restaurants will be closed in Austria for the next month and a lot of people probably wanted to use that evening to be able to go out.”

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    VIDEO OF TERRORIST SHOOTING VICTIM

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    TWO DEAD, INCLUDING ONE ATTACKER, KILLED IN VIENNA SHOOTING

    Two people, including one attacker, have been killed in a shooting in central Vienna, police said late Monday.

    Vienna police said in a Twitter post there had been “six different shooting locations” with “one deceased person” and “several injured”, as well as “one suspect shot and killed by police officers”.

    “Several suspects armed with rifles” had been involved in the attack around 8 pm local time (2100 GMT), police said.

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    MAPPED: AREA OF VIENNA GUN RAMPAGE

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    PRESIDENT MACRON OFFERS SUPPORT TO AUSTRIA FOLLOWING ATTACK

    Tweeting in German, President Macron said: “We in France share the shock and sadness of the Austrians after an attack in Vienna. “After France, it is a friendly country that is under attack.

    “This is our Europe. Our enemies need to know who they are dealing with. We won't give in to anything.”

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    REPORTS SYNAGOGUE WAS TARGET OF ATTACK REMAIN UNCONFIRMED

    Despite the locations of the shootings, it is still unconfirmed whether the central synagogue had anything to do with tonight's attack.

    Oskar Deutsch, the head of the Jewish community in Vienna, said the shooting took place in the street where the city's main synagogue is located but that it wasn't clear whether the house of worship had been targeted.

    The synagogue was already closed at the time of the shooting, he tweeted.

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    POLICE UPDATE – WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

    • Several suspects armed with guns
    • One suspect shot and killed
    • One victim killed
    • Several people injured – beliveed to be around 15victims – including police officer

    SIX LOCATIONS INVOLVED IN MULTIPLE ATTACKS, CLAIM REPORTS

    Speaking on ORF TV, the Austrian Interior Minister says there were six locations involved in the attack.

    All locations are in the immediate vicinity of the street housing the city's central synagogue.

    It is unclear if the situation is still active in the Austrian capital.

    MORE PICTURES FROM VIENNA CITY CENTRE

    UNDER SIEGE

    Austrian Police confirmed on Twitter that there are “persons injured” and a “large” operation was underway.

    Polizei Wien posted: “There is a larger police operation going on in the 1st district of Vienna (Inner City area).

    “Officers are on site and check the Situation. We keep you posted on the matter.

    “Shots fired in the Inner City district – there are persons injured – KEEP AWAY from all public places or public transport”.

    ATTACKER BELIEVED TO HAVE BLOWN HIMSELF UP – REPORTS

    An attacker is said to have blown himself up with a suicide belt, Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung reports.

    Several people have been injured in the explosion, cops have confirmed.

    A police officer was also reportedly injured in the attack and is fighting for his life.

    AMBULANCE SERVICE CONFIRMS ONE PERSON DEAD

    One person has been killed an ambulance service spokesperson has said, according to Reuters.

    HOSTAGE SITUATION REMAINS UNCONFIRMED

    There were reports that hostages were taken place at a nearby Japanese restaurant – although this is unconfirmed.

    Reports have suggested that people are being held at the Akakiko restaurant on Mariahilfer Strauss.

    POLICE OFFICER SHOT LIVE ON CAMERA AFTER CONFRONTING SUSPECT

    POLICE OFFICER SERIOUSLY INJURED

    A police officer was seriously injured in a shooting in central Vienna on Monday evening, Austrian news agency APA said, citing the Interior Ministry.

    Newspaper Kronen Zeitung reported that an officer guarding the city's central synagogue was injured.

    The head of Austria's Jewish community Oskar Deutsch said on Twitter it was not clear whether the synagogue and adjoining offices were the targets of the shooting, and they were closed at the time.

    INCIDENT TOOK PLACE AT SCHWEDENPLATZ PLAZA – MEDIA REPORTS

    Vienna’s police wrote on Twitter the exact circumstances behind the incident are yet to be determined.

    The incident is reported to have taken place in the city’s Schwedenplatz plaza, near the Stadttempel synogogue, according to local media.

    POLICE SAY SEVERAL DEAD FOLLOWING ATTACK

    Police say several people have died

    The Austrian interior minister says the attack was terror related.

    Police continue to surround the area.

    HOSTAGES REPORTEDLY BEING HELD

    Hostages are reportedly being held at Akakiko restaurant on Mariahilfer Strauss.

    It comes following the shooting in Innere Stadt area of Vienna, Austria at the city's largest synagogue.

    IN PICTURES: ARMED POLICE AT SITE OF MULTIPLE SHOOTINGS IN CENTRAL VIENNA

    ONE ATTACKER KILLED, ONE COULD BE ON RUN – REPORTS

    Austrian news agency APA quoted the country's Interior Ministry as saying that one attacker has been killed and another could be on the run.

    Vienna police said the operation in the center of the city was ongoing and urged people to avoid all open spaces and public transport. Police said trams and buses weren't stopping in the city center. They also urged social media users not to post videos of the ongoing police operation, so as not to endanger officers.

    There are several injured persons, police tweeted. We are on site with all available forces. Please avoid all public squares in the city.

    Police added that the exact circumstances of the incident were still being determined.

    Austrian public broadcaster ORF cited witnesses as saying several shots were fired shortly after 8 p.m.

    AUSTRIAN INTERIOR MINISTER TREATING INCIDENT AS TERROR RELATED, POSSIBLE FATALITIES

    Austria’s interior minister has said the shooting is believed to be a terror attack. 

    He also told Orf TV there have probably been people killed in the incident.

    SYNAGOGUE IN CITY CENTRE TARGETED – REPORTS

    Local media reports have suggested a synagogue was targeted.

    Oskar Deutsch, the head of the Jewish community in Vienna, said the shooting took place in the street where the city's main synagogue is located but that it wasn't clear whether the house of worship had been targeted.

    The synagogue was already closed at the time of the shooting, he tweeted.

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