Gunman on loose in Paris after newspaper, bank shootings
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 01:08
Nov. 18 - Police were hunting a lone gunman on the loose in central Paris after he opened fire at the offices of a left-wing newspaper and a major bank. Mana Rabiee reports.
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French police in Paris were on alert Monday after a double shooting they say was carried out by the same gunman.
Police say an unknown assailant fired several rounds from a hunting gun inside the offices of the left-wing French newspaper, Liberation.
The paper's deputy director said the gunman seriously injured a photographer's assistant before fleeing.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) DEPUTY-DIRECTOR OF LIBERATION NEWSPAPER, FRANCOIS SERGENT, SAYING:
"We're thinking about him, he comes to work for the newspaper. And we don't know anything more, actually."
Some 90 minutes later, the same man opened fire on the street outside the suburban headquarters of a major bank, Societe Generale.
Police say no one was injured in the second incident and there's no clear motive yet for either shooting.
French Interior Minister Manuel Valls:
SOUNDBITE: (French) INTERIOR MINISTER MANUEL VALLS SAYING:
"As long as this person is still on the loose and we do not know the motives, this represents a threat. We must move fast."
The shootings come just days after an intruder entered the offices of a TV channel, threatening journalists before disappearing.
Police say video surveillance footage shows it was the same man.
A man hunt was under way and police were deployed outside the offices of media outlets across the French capital.
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