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Three dead and several injured in a shooting in Paris – RT World News

Police have arrested a 69-year-old suspect who is believed to have a history of crimes against foreigners

A gunman went into a shootout in the French capital, Paris, killing three people and injuring four others, the mayor of the city’s 10th arrondissement, Alexandra Cordebard, has confirmed. Police have apprehended a suspect and a murder investigation has been opened.

The attack happened in central Paris shortly before noon local time on Friday. French broadcaster BFM TV reported that shots were fired near a local Kurdish cultural center in the 10th arrondissement. The area is also home to many shops, restaurants and bars.

Members of the Kurdish community gathered outside the cultural center, expressing their anger over the shooting. Police used tear gas to disperse protesters.

Two of those injured in the attack are said to be in critical condition. An eyewitness told AFP news agency he saw two people with leg injuries.

According to another eyewitness account quoted by the media, the assailant fired a total of seven or eight shots, causing mayhem in the street.

“It was total panic, we locked ourselves in” said a trader, recounting the incident to reporters.

Police moved quickly to the area, arrested a 69-year-old suspect and recovered the firearm believed to have been used in the attack.

Paris deputy mayor Emmanuel Grégoire took to Twitter to thank security forces “for their quick action.”

The prosecution said it had opened a murder investigation, the motive of the attacker remaining unclear for the moment. The daily Le Monde reported, citing police sources, that the suspect had a lengthy criminal record, ending up in police custody for more than “acts of violence” in 2016, as well as last December, when he allegedly stormed a migrant camp in Paris while packing a sword. The man was taken into custody after the migrant camp incident for attempted murder, but was eventually released on December 12, Le Monde reported.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said he was traveling to Paris to visit what he described as the scene of the “dramatic filming”. Speaking at the scene of the shooting, the minister said he was ‘not certain…that the shooter was specifically targeting the Kurdish community’, but rather sought to attack ‘foreigners in general’.

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