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Austrian faces murder charges after firing shots at Syrian

The Local · 7 Sep 2016, 09:10

Published: 07 Sep 2016 09:10 GMT+02:00

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Police have declined to comment on why the 65-year-old Austrian - who was intoxicated - is being accused of attempted murder when he was only equipped with an air rifle and apparently only fired in the direction of the man's property.

The incident took place in the winter ski resort of Kaprun in the state of Salzburg. 

According to the Kurier newspaper, the Austrian had frequently argued with his 28-year-old Syrian neighbour who ran a small store in the neighbourhood.

District police commander Kurt Möschl said the business was previously open until 11pm, but after complaints the closing hours had been brought back to 9pm.

The 65-year-old man was allegedly still upset about the noise and after drinking heavily, had apparently taken a shot at the Syrian man from his balcony using a 4.5 mm caliber air rifle.

The pellets had struck two parked cars before the man was arrested by an armed police anti-terror unit, which found the gun hidden under a bed.

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The officer noted that it is as yet unclear if a racist motive might have been behind the attack. 

Story courtesy of Central European News. 

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