Riots erupt in Paris after mass shooting at Kurdish center

Police use tear gas against angry crowd pushing its way toward crime scene where three people were killed and four wounded.

Violence erupts in Paris hours after three killed and several injured by gunman (Photo Credit: Express)

Riots erupted in Paris on Friday in the hours after a gunman murdered three people at a Kurdish community center and a Kurdish restaurant in central Paris, according to Reuters.

Three people were killed and four more wounded by the gunman.

The attack took place in the Rue d’Enghien, near a Kurdish cultural center in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital. Two of the wounded are in critical condition.

An eyewitness told AFP that seven or eight shots were fired during the attack.

Police sealed off the surrounding area, and a 69-year-old male suspect was reportedly been taken into custody.

Authorities said an investigation was launched against the alleged shooter for murder, manslaughter, and aggravated assault charges, though no motive has yet been disclosed.

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

10th arrondissement Mayor Alexandra Cordebard told BBC News that the gunman was wounded by police, and added that the shooter had targeted the Kurdish center, a local Kurdish restaurant and a hair salon, where two people were shot.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin described the suspect as intentionally shooting foreigners. But he added there was so far no evidence he had specifically targeted Kurds.

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