At least three people were killed and three injured in shootings in and around the Kurdish cultural center in Paris on Friday. Suspect gunman known to authorities. He was seized and detained.
At noon on Friday, multiple gunshots were fired at the Center Ahmet Kaya Kurdish Community Center on rue Enghien, a busy shopping street in the 10th arrondissement of Paris.th Ward, hit at least six people.
One in three injured is in intensive care.
Local mayor Alexandra Cordebaldo said the shooters also targeted a restaurant and beauty salon facing the Kurdish center.
The Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office said it had launched an investigation into murder, manslaughter and aggravated violence.
A 69-year-old man in possession of a firearm was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital for treatment, among other things, for facial injuries.
the man is reportedly A former train conductor of French nationality who was convicted of attempted murder in 2016 and was just released from prison for attacking a migrant camp in Paris with a saber on December 12 last year.
Under the terms of his release, he was prohibited from handling weapons.
His motives are still unclear, but prosecutors said “possible racist elements” behind the shooting will be investigated.
French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has repeatedly warned of the dangers of violent far-right groups in France.
Darmanin, who was visiting a police station in Tourcoing, northern France, nearly 300 kilometers away, said he would return to Paris to oversee the initial stages of the investigation.
A la suite de la Dramatique fusillade qui s’est déroulée ce matin, jerentre à Paris et me rendrai sur place.
— Gerard Dalmann (@GDarmanin) December 23, 2022
Dalmanin tweeted: “My thoughts are with the families of the victims.
Taken about 10 years later Assassination of three Kurdish activists On January 9, 2013 in Paris.
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