There was a spree stabbing in Vienna Austria Wednesday night, which left 3 members of the same family seriously injured. A 4th man nearby was also stabbed.
“According to eyewitnesses a man has attacked three persons — a man, his wife and their adult daughter,” police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer told The Associated Press. “The three persons suffered heavy to life-threatening injuries and are currently in a hospital.”
A fourth person was attacked with a knife nearby shortly afterward, police said: “A link (between the attacks) is part of ongoing investigations.”
Witness Silvia Franke said she was about 100 meters (330 feet) away when the incident happened.
“I saw how someone in the middle of the street was screaming and shouting — I thought he was beating his dog judging from his hand movements,” she said. “And in reality he was stabbing this man.”
The perp, an Afghan, was arrested for the 4th stabbing. Police are still trying to link the stabbings.
The 23-year-old was detained shortly after the stabbing of a 20-year-old man, also from Afghanistan, on Wednesday night, police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer told The Associated Press.
Maierhofer said police are still investigating whether the suspect is also responsible for the stabbing of an Austrian family about an hour earlier, also in the heart of Vienna.
All three family members, the 67-year-old father, the 56-year-old mother and their 17-year-old daughter, as well as the 20-year-old Afghan victim suffered life-threatening injuries and were taken to the hospital. The names of the victims were not given.
Maierhofer said the attack did not appear to be terror-related, but it was too early to say anything about the motive of the attacker.
“We are still investigating and cannot say what motivated him,” Maierhofer said. “We cannot even say, at this point, if the detained suspect attacked all four persons or if a second suspect was involved who is still on the run.”