A gunman fired shots early yesterday into a small crowd attending an open air concert organised by a local motorcycle club, killing two people and wounding 11 others before shooting himself to death, police said.
Witnesses said panic broke out as the first shots rang out, with many in the crowd running into nearby woods or onto a motorway close to the venue in Austria’s westernmost Vorarlberg province, according to Florian Kasseroler, mayor of the town of Nenzing.
He said one witness estimated that up to 40 shots were fired.
Police said the overnight shooting was preceded by a loud argument between the 27-year-old gunman and a woman in a nearby parking lot.
“This argument must have escalated,” said police spokeswoman Susanne Dilp.
“The man then grabbed a gun from his car, went to the concert venue and started shooting around wildly.”
Police said the weapon was a rifle or similar long gun and that the man killed himself after returning to the car park.
The concert had been organised in a field by The Lords motorcycle club and was attended by about 150 people.
The woman, described as the gunman’s partner, was not wounded in the shooting near Nenzing, about 40km east of Austria’s border with Liechtenstein.
Police said one of the victims was in critical condition, while eight others remained in hospital by yesterday afternoon, more than 10 hours after the shooting.
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