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Austria Concert Shooting: Gunman, 2 Others Dead; 11 Hurt

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Police stand watch at scene of concert shooting in Austria. (Ronald Vlach/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 23 May 2016 06:50 AM

An Austria concert shooting early Sunday morning in the western market town of Nenzing left three people dead, including the suspected gunman, and 11 wounded. The incident was cited by the country's far-right president-in-waiting Norbert Hofer.

The concert, attended by about 150, was hosted by a motorcycle club, reported Reuters.

Several of the shooting victims among the 11 injured were listed in critical condition, reported The Telegraph.

Authorities believe the suspect, 27, argued with a woman at a car park before going to his vehicle and grabbing a weapon, said the BBC News, and then the man appeared to shoot randomly into the crowd of people attending the concert. The man used a rifle in the shooting, said Austria state broadcaster ORF.

BBC News said the man reportedly killed himself after returning to the car park.

London's Daily Star identified the motorcycle club as "The Lords." 

Nenzing Mayor Florian Kasseroler said the concert had been trouble-free since it started some 10 years ago, noted BBC News.

Austrian presidential candidate Hofer said the suspected gunman was "crazy," noted The Telegraph.

Hofer, of the far-right Freedom Party, was on the verge of becoming president of Austria, holding a 51.9 percent against independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen's 48.1 percent, The Guardian reported Monday.

The Guardian said postal ballots, which account for 14 percent of the eligible voters, were still being counted. If Hofer's lead holds, he would be become the first far-right president in the European Union and break the hold centrist parties had on the position in Austria since 1945, noted The Guardian.

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An Austria concert shooting early Sunday morning in the western market town of Nenzing left three people dead, including the suspected gunman, and 11 wounded. The incident was cited by the country's far-right president-in-waiting Norbert Hofer.
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