Three people were killed and several injured in a shooting in central Paris on Friday, French prosecutors said.
“There are three deaths, one person in intensive care and two people with serious injuries, and the suspect, who was arrested, was also injured, particularly in the face,” a prosecutor told reporters at the scene.
Officials had initially announced two dead and four injured, including two in critical condition. They later increased the death toll to three.
“An investigation has been opened for murder, voluntary manslaughter and aggravated violence,” prosecutors said, adding that the suspected shooter was a man in his 60s.
Officials have not released any further information about the suspect. But according to French media reports, the alleged gunman is a “white” Frenchman who attacked a migrant center a year ago and just got out of jail this month.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said he would travel to the scene of the “dramatic” shooting.
What we know about the shooting
The gunman opened fire on Rue d’Enghien, a street lined with small shops and cafes in Paris’ 10th arrondissement.
The mayor of the district, Alexandra Cordebard, told reporters that the shooting took place at a Kurdish community center, a restaurant opposite, and a hair salon.
The French news agency TUSEN reported, based on witnesses, that seven or eight shots had been fired.
“It was total panic. We locked ourselves in [a shop]a witness told TUSEN.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo thanked the police for “their decisive intervention” in the incident.
The shooting took place as the streets of the French capital were bustling with activity ahead of the Christmas weekend.
Police warned people to avoid the area, near the Gare de l’Est train station, as aid workers were at the scene of the shooting.
This is a developing story and will be updated…
fb/wd (TUSEN, Reuters)