TWO hero Turkish MMA fighters were wounded while carrying an elderly woman and an injured cop to safety when an ISIS gunman opened fire in Vienna.
A gunman opened fire on drinkers sitting in beer gardens near the city’s main synagogue on the Seitenstettengasse last night.
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The next hour saw violence and bloodshed as police deployed every cop they could to at least six crime scenes.
The gunman was armed with an assault rifle and wearing a fake bomb vest was shot dead as four people were killed and a further 17 wounded.
Pals Recep Tayyip Gultekin and Mikail Ozer were in the city centre when they heard gunshots.
They pair ran in the direction of danger and saw the gunman shooting.
Recep carried an injured woman to a restaurant to safety before he was shot by the gunman.
Recep told Turkish news channel Ahaber: "When I turned around, the terrorist took cover at me, we came eye to eye while shooting, and the moment I met that eye, there was no fear or doubt in me.
"There, with the reflex given to me by my brain, I rolled on the ground and ran, zigzag running and ran downstairs and went to the police building and told about what happened."
Both men then went to the police station to report what happened but then they saw an injured cop – who they carried into the ambulance 200 metres away.
What we know so far:
- "Several gunmen" attacked six locations across Vienna's city centre
- Four dead – two women and two men
- 17 injured – seven including a police officer are fighting for life
- One gunman shot dead as at 1,000 police are hunting for at least one other attacker
- Gunman reportedly pledged his allegiance to ISIS and announced the attack on Instagram
- Two Turkish MMA fighters carried a woman and an injured cop to safety
They also helped escort an elderly woman to a safe location amid the chaos.
Recep, who suffered from a gunshot wound in his foot, refused to seek medical help.
He told Turkish news agency Anadolu: "I didn’t want to go to the hospital because the wound on my foot wasn’t that big.
"I didn’t want to be a burden because I thought there would be many injuries due to the conflict."
Austria's chancellor condemned it as a "hideous terrorist attack" as officials ordered residents to stay indoors.
The sun rose over a shocked Vienna as police attempt to piece together what happened and track down the rest of the attackers.
Austria's interior minister Karl Nehammer described the dead suspect as an "ISIS sympathiser" and said the manhunt was continuing to find any other accomplices.
Special forces from neighbouring countries were deployed to help in the operation and the suspect's home had been searched and videos had been seized.
One of the suspects is said to have announced the attack on Instagram and pledged allegiance to ISIS leader "The Professor" Abdullah Qardash, reports Bild.
The dead gunman was named as Kurtin S, according to the editor of the weekly Falter newspaper Florian Klenk, a 20-year-old who was known to domestic intelligence.
He was flagged to security services as one of 90 Austrian Islamists who wanted to travel to Syria, but police thought he was not capable of planning an attack in Vienna.
"We experienced an attack yesterday evening from at least one Islamist terrorist," Mr Nehammer said.
Austrian news agency APA reports a number of arrests have been made in connection to the rampage.
Four civilians – two women and two men – were killed in the violence, and one police officer was critically injured in a shootout with the terrorists.
Seven victims of the attack in Vienna are in a critical, life-threatening condition.
People in Vienna were urged to stay at home if possible on Tuesday and children did not have to go to school.
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