2 dead and 4 injured in shooting in central Paris, gunman in his 60s
Two people were killed and four injured in a shooting in central Paris on Friday, police and prosecutors said, adding that the shooter, in his 60s, had been arrested. .
The gunman’s motives are unclear, with two of the four injured in serious condition at rue d’Enghien in the trendy 10th arrondissement.
“The shooter has been arrested with his weapon. The danger is over,” a police source told AFP. “His motives remain unknown at this stage.”
The shots just before midday (11:00 GMT) caused panic in the neighborhood, an area bustling with shops, restaurants and bars.
Resident Emmanuel Boujenan told AFP the man was arrested in a hair salon.
“There were people panicking, shouting at the police and pointing at the hair salon ‘he’s in there, he’s in there, come in’,” he explained. He said he saw two people on the shop floor with leg injuries.
A shopkeeper in the area told AFP on condition of anonymity that she heard seven or eight gunshots, saying “totally panicked. We locked ourselves inside.”
The Paris prosecutor’s office said an investigation had been opened and “a man between the ages of 60 and 70 has been arrested and is in custody”.
“His identity is in the process of being checked,” it added.
News of the shooting has rocked a city that has been targeted by Islamist terrorist groups since 2015. Paris is also a frequent site of gang violence.