Man runs car into crowd in Aus­tria, killing 3, in­jur­ing 34; po­lice cite per­sonal is­sues

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A man ap­par­ently dis­traught over per­sonal is­sues drove his SUV into a crowd in Aus­tria’s sec­ond­largest city Satur­day, killing a 4-year old and two adults, of­fi­cials said.

Po­lice in the city of Graz said 34 oth­ers were in­jured, with six vic­tims, in­clud­ing two chil­dren, in se­ri­ous con­di­tion. They said there were no in­di­ca­tions of a ter­ror­ist at­tack, and the sus­pect was ap­par­ently dis­tressed over per­sonal prob­lems when he tar­geted his vic­tims.

The gover­nor of Styria province, Her­mann Schuet­zen­hoe­fer, de- scribed the sus­pect as a 26-yearold Aus­trian truck driver who was “men­tally dis­ori­ented” and act­ing alone. He was ar­rested shortly af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Po­lice com­man­der Josef Klam­minger told re­porters that the man had been un­der a re­strain­ing or­der keep­ing him from the home of his wife and two chil­dren since a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence re­port against him was filed last month. He was be­ing psy­cho­log­i­cally eval­u­ated af­ter his ar­rest.

State broad­caster ORF cited un­named wit­nesses as say­ing the man ap­par­ently drove his ve­hi­cle at high speed into the crowd at ran­dom, send­ing sev­eral peo­ple crash­ing into the wind­shield and fly­ing over the ve­hi­cle.

About 60 am­bu­lances con­verged on the scene and the Aus­trian auto club sent four he­li­copters to bring the vic­tims to hos­pi­tals. Wit­nesses quoted by Aus­trian media said they saw at least two bod­ies cov­ered with blan­kets ly­ing on a cor­doned-off sec­tion of pave­ment.

By early evening, dozens of flo­ral bou­quets and lit can­dles were placed at the site. Mayor Siegfried Nagl or­dered black flags of mourn­ing flown from all mu­nic­i­pal build­ings and can­celled all street fests and other city events.


The van of a man who drove into a crowd is be­ing re­moved from a street in Graz, south­ern Aus­tria, Satur­day, June 20.

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