A 57-year-old man is said to have fired several shots from a balcony in Austria. As the Austrian news agency APA reported on Friday evening, the man should be a local politician of the right-wing FPÖ.
According to APA, the party has already barred the man on Friday with immediate effect. The FPÖ country party chief Marlene Svazek told the news agency, therefore, the man had been completely unobtrusive. "We also did not know that he has weapons at all." No one was injured in the incident.
The police said she was alerted at around 11:00 am because of gunfire in Bergheim. The man was arrested and the special unit Cobra was deployed. The 57-year-old was secured several firearms.
According to information from police circles, the APA reported that the man was furious with the dismissal of former Home Secretary Herbert Kickl (FPÖ) and a pastor. He had imagined firing on the portraits of the Federal President and former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP). An official confirmation of the police FPÖ membership and the motive of the man did not exist initially. (AP)