Gunman opens fire in central Paris, killing three people 9 months ago

Gunman opens fire in central Paris, killing three people

At least four other people have been wounded.

Update – Friday, 23 December @ 2.50pm

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It has now been confirmed that three people have been killed following an attack on a café in Paris.

Police are investigating a potential racial motive to the killings.

"It was Kurds who were targeted," Juan-Golan Eliberg, an artist who works at the Kurdish centre, told Reuters.

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Two people have been killed and at least four others wounded following a shooting that took place in central Paris on Friday, 23 December.

According to Reuters, the attack took place near a Kurdish cultural centre, near the Gare de l'Est station.

Multiple gunshots rang out on Rue d'Enghien; a busy street lined with several small shops and cafés. One eye-witness told reporters she heard seven or eight bursts of gunfire.

Two people are confirmed to have died in the incident, with several others wounded. Two of the wounded are said to be in a critical condition, while the other two are in a "serious" condition.

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Police quickly arrested a 69-year-old male suspect, who has been taken into custody. No motive for the crime has been communicated as of yet.

An investigation into murder, manslaughter and aggravated violence has been opened.

"A gun attack has taken place," tweeted Deputy Mayor of Paris Emmanuel Gregoire. "Thank you to the security forces for their swift action. Thoughts for the victims and those who witnessed this drama."