Local and regional police officers in Barcelona fired seven shots in total on Tuesday morning to stop a small lorry carrying domestic gas bottles that had been taken by a 32-year old, unarmed Swedish man.

A police spokesman said during a press conference shortly after 1:30 p.m. that, while police were continuing to investigate the event, there was "no indication it is a terrorist attack".

The man was not armed.

Spain's Home Secretary, Juan Ignacio Zoido, tweeted that it was not a terrorist attack and that the man "has a psychiatric record"