Two people were killed and four were wounded in a shooting in central Paris on Friday, police and prosecutors said, adding that the 60-year-old gunman had been arrested.
The gunman’s motives were unclear, but two of the four wounded were seriously injured on 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 are unknown at this stage.”
Shortly after noon (1100 GMT), the gunfire caused panic in the neighborhood, a bustling area of shops, restaurants and bars.
Neighbor Emmanuel Boujenan told AFP that the man was arrested at a hair salon.
“People were panicking, shouting at the police and pointing to the salon ‘there it is, there it is, come in’,” he explained.
He said he saw two people on the salon floor with leg injuries.
A shopkeeper in the area told AFP on condition of anonymity that he heard seven or eight shots, “it was a total panic. We locked ourselves inside”.
The Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office has announced that an investigation has been opened and “a man aged between 60 and 70 has been arrested and detained”.
“His identity is in the process of being verified,” he added.
News of the shooting struck a nerve in a city that has been repeatedly targeted by Islamist terror groups since 2015.
Paris is also the occasional scene of gang violence.
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