Barcelona was the scene of what Spain’s Department of Interior is calling a terrorist attack this morning.  According to witnesses at the scene, a van rammed into a crowd of people, killing at least one, and injuring a number of others.  After the incident, two gunmen reportedly exited the vehicles and barricaded themselves inside one of the restaurants in the Placa Catalunya square at the top of Las Ramblas avenue.

According to police, a total of 13 people are dead, though they did not clarify whether or not those deaths were all the result of the vehicle attack, or if the gunmen had opened fire on the crowd.  According to ABC News in Barcelona, the police are now in a standoff with the men, who appear to have taken hostages.

All of sudden it was real chaos.” Witness Ethan Spibey told Britain’s Sky News. “People just started running screaming, there were loud bangs. People just started running into shops, there was a kind of mini-stampede where we were, down one of the alleyways.”

“They’ve locked the doors because I’m not sure whether the person who may have done it has actually been caught, so they’ve locked the doors and told people just to wait in here.”