Suspect Arrested After Three Killed, Three Injured in Shooting

Three people were killed and four others injured in a shooting in Paris on Friday, according to a local prosecutor.

A 69-year-old man was arrested after gunfire was heard near a Kurdish cultural center in the 10th district of the French capital. Laure Beccuau, Prosecutor of the Republic of Paris, confirmed the death toll at a press conference and added that one injured person was in a state of “absolute emergency”.

Local Media reports said the “white” suspect, who also suffered a facial injury in the incident, was known to authorities and that investigators were looking into a possible racist motive for the attack. . The cultural center, called the Ahmet Kaya Center, is used by a charity that helps the Kurds integrate into the Parisian community. The gunman also opened fire at a nearby Kurdish cafe, Reuters reports, and a hair salon.

“We saw an old white man come in, then started shooting at the Kurdish cultural center, then he went to the hairdresser next door,” the Romain restaurant employee told AFP. One salesman added: “Totally panicking, we locked ourselves in there.”

The suspect is said to have committed previous intentional murders in 2016 and 2021. Theo BFMTV, the alleged attacker was also arrested a year ago for attacking a refugee camp in Paris with a sword. Prosecutor Beccuau said the suspect was “recently released”, although it was not clear why.

Le Parisien Citing police sources, describing the suspected gunman as a retired Frenchman who previously worked as a driver for France’s state-owned railway company, SNCF. The outlet added that the suspect was under judicial supervision and had been barred from possessing a weapon prior to the attack.

Authorities are said to have opened investigations into murder, attempted murder and aggravated violence.

“My deepest condolences and solidarity to the families of the victims and the Kurdish community that is being severely impacted,” District 10 Mayor Alexandra Cordebard wrote on Twitter. She also thanked Paris’ emergency services for their actions.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said he was on his way to Paris after the “dramatic shooting”, adding: “All my thoughts are with the loved ones of the victims.”

Friday’s attack comes nearly a decade after the murderthree Kurdish women activists in the same area of ​​Paris.

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