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Two bored teens shot at passers-by from window

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Two bored teens shot at passers-by from window
The gas-powered weapons seized from the teen snipers. Photo: Police
16:53 CEST+02:00
Two youths, aged 18 and 19, shot at passers-by with air-powered weapons in Vienna's Margareten district on Wednesday - because they "were bored".

A 59-year-old man who was walking in an adjacent park at around 6 pm felt a sharp pain in his back. His wife later observed two small red marks.

At least three other people noted similar symptoms, and a witness informed police that two young men appeared to be using some sort of weapon from a nearby apartment.

After finding the source of the shots, the two would-be snipers were arrested, and will be charged with weapon-related offences.

The pair explained that they shot at people because they were "bored".

Police seized two weapons, both of which are gas-powered.

In general, gas-powered weapons are freely available in Austria.  A similar case occurred in 2013, when a pair of teens were caught shooting at pedestrians from one of their mother's car.  

In that case, the pair were forced to apologise to their 18 victims, and received a suspended sentence of 14 months.

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