A Palestinian McDonald’s manager and two Turkish-origin MMA-fighters risked their lives to save others amid the violence.
On Monday evening, 23-year-old Osama Abu El-Hosna and his colleague left Schwedenplatz, a central Vienna square, and headed towards McDonald’s, where they worked.
It was unusually warm in the Austrian capital on the eve of a second lockdown, and it was busy.
People met in bars and restaurants before the new social distancing measures came into effect.
Suddenly, heard gunshots.
“The terrorist was 20 metres away from me,” Hosna told Al Jazeera on a video call, visibly upset.
When two policemen came to his aid, the attacker opened fire on them and struck an officer.
Hosna, who is of Palestinian background, and his colleague ducked behind a tree, then behind a concrete bench.
“We pulled the injured officer aside. I immediately looked for the wound and tried to stop the bleeding with my hand. That did not help. So, I took off my jumper and tried to stop the bleeding with that instead. After 15 minutes the ambulance came.