A man with a chainsaw left at least five people injured after going on a rampage through the streets of a picturesque Swiss town, police said.
Police descended on the area’s old town amid reports that an unidentified male had launched the attack on Monday morning, local media reported.
Police have said they do not believe the attack is terrorism related but warned the public that the man is at large and “dangerous.”
The attack happened after 10:30 a.m. local time (4:30 a.m. ET) in the historic town of Schaffhausen near the country’s northern border with Germany.
Police described the attacker as around 190 centimeters tall (6 ft 2 in) and of an “untidy appearance.”
Images of the scene on social media show a cobble-stoned street cordoned off, with police vehicles and ambulances in the area.
As per the reports from the areas police force, the victims had been injured with a chainsaw. It remained unclear if the suspect was still carrying the weapon. But it is widely believed that the suspect to remain in Schaffhausen or be in the vicinity of the northern town.
The crime scene is now under the watch of the local authorities and that helicopters were also responding at the scene.
The incident has come as a shock to the people of Schaffhausen. “It’s a very peaceful place … a quiet place normally,” as per the statement from a local. “It’s kind of a big thing for this town of course and many people here are really shocked.”