Gunman Opens Fire At Concert In Austria

Multiple people have died after a gunman opened fire.

22/05/2016 5:49 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:52 PM AEST
Multiple people have died after a gunman opened fire in Austria.

A gunman has fired shots into a small crowd attending an open air concert in western Austria.

Two people were killed and 11 were wounded the man turned the gun on himself.

The shooting occurred in Nenzing, a town about 40 kilometres east of Austria's border with Lichtenstein.

Austrian police have said that the shooting was preceded by a loud argument between the gunman and a woman, who is reportedly uninjured, in a nearby parking lot.

The man then reportedly fetched a gun out of his car, left the parking lot, went to the concert venue and started shooting into the crowd, apparently at random.

State broadcaster ORF said it occurred on property used by a motorcycle club.

Local media quoted rescue workers as saying some of the surviving victims were in a serious condition, with a police spokeswoman describing their wounds as "very diverse."

On Sunday, Austrians began voting in a presidential run-off poll which could potentially elect the European Union's first far-right leader.

Norbert Hofer, of the far-right Freedom Party, faces independent Alexander Van der Bellen, backed by the Greens.

According to the BBC, Hofer is a gun enthusiast who won a decisive victory in the first round of voting in April.

For the first time since the Second World War, the traditional parties of the centre left and centre right were knocked out of the race.

More to come.

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