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Young man shot at Paris office of daily 'Liberation'


Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2013-11-18

An assailant with a rifle opened fire in the Paris office of left-wing daily newspaper 'Liberation' on Monday, leaving a young man fighting for his life in hospital. It is unknown whether two other shooting incidents in Paris are related.

An assailant opened fire at the central Paris office of left-wing daily newspaper ‘Liberation’ on Monday, seriously injuring one person before fleeing, a police official and staff at the newspaper said.

The injured person was hit in the thorax, the official said. He added that the motive of the attacker, who was armed with a hunting rifle, was unclear.

"He walked in, fired twice and left," ‘Liberation's’ editorial manager, Fabrice Rousselot, told news television channel BFM TV.

Deputy editor-in-chief Fabrice Tassel said separately in a tweet that the young male victim was fighting for his life after having been rushed to hospital. The victim is believed to be a photographic assistant who was there for a magazine shoot.

Other gun incidents

In a second incident on Monday, a man fired shots outside the headquarters of French bank Societe Generale in the La Defense business district of western Paris, according to a spokeswoman for the bank. She said there were no casualties.

 "I can confirm that a man opened fire ... Nobody was injured. The police are on the spot and investigating," the spokeswoman said in response to a query from Reuters.

The AP also reported that a gunman briefly took a man hostage near the La Defense bank, but released him soon after.

Following the attack at 'Liberation', police launched a manhunt and deployed protection outside the offices of other media outlets in the French capital.

The mid-morning incident at 'Liberation' came after an intruder entered the Paris offices of the BFM TV channel last Friday, threatening journalists with a pump-action shotgun. He ejected two cartriges and said "Next time, I won't miss you," before disappearing. Rousselot said it was not clear whether the incidents were linked.

'Liberation's' offices near the Place de la Republique in central Paris were cordoned off as forensics experts investigated.

'Liberation's' offices near the Place de la Republique in central Paris were cordoned off as forensics experts investigated the incident.

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls said the government had positioned police at all major news organisations in Paris. He declined to draw a link between Friday’s shooting at BFM TV and the incident at ‘Liberation’, but promised a full investigation.

(FRANCE 24 with Reuters, AFP)

Date created : 2013-11-18