Vienna: Early on Sunday, a gunman in the westernmost province of Austria open fired on a crowd of nearly 150 people and then shot himself, according to reports by the Associated Press. Two are reportedly killed while 11 others are seriously injured.

The overnight shooting took place in Nenzing, a town in Voralberg province about 40 kilometers away from the Austria-Liechtenstein border. The crowd was attending an open air concert when the gunman fired shots.

Before the incident, police investigations reveal that the gunman and a woman were having a loud argument in a nearby parking lot, after which the man took out a gun out of his car, went near the crowd and started shooting, at random. The gunman then went back to car and shot himself.

State media ORF reported that the shooter used a rifle or “similar long weapon” to gun down people on a property that was owned by a motorcycle club hosting the event. The local media quoted police spokesperson Susanne Dilp describing the wounds as “very diverse.”

The attack comes at the heel of the second run-off presidential elections on Sunday, as people flock to polling booths. This incident may give a boost to the far-right Freedom Party’s (FPÖ) anti-immigration candidate, Norbert Hofer who is already the polls.

In the past year, several European countries have been targeted by terrorists. The tragic attacks in Paris on 13/11 by seven terrorists killed 134 people whereas the attack in Brussels earlier this year by three gunmen killed 32 people. Such terrorist plots have put European cities on high alert and an incident like this is enough to put the authorities on edge.

While this shooting doesn’t seem to be a terrorist plot, police investigation is currently underway and the details for this case are still awaited.

With inputs from Associated Press

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Vienna: Early on Sunday, a gunman in the westernmost province of Austria open fired on a crowd of nearly 150 people and then shot himself, according to reports by the Associated Press. Two are reportedly killed while 11 others are seriously injured. The overnight shooting took place in Nenzing, a...