Three feared killed as gunman opens fire in French village

14th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

One person had been hit in the head "and the other two are not moving," a fire brigade official said.

Lille -- Three people were feared killed after a man holed up in a house opened fire with a rifle on a village street in northern France Monday, emergency services said.

The incident happened at Douchy-les-Mines, near Valenciennes.

One person had been hit in the head "and the other two are not moving," a fire brigade official said. "All three seem to be dead."

One of the victims appears to be a woman in her 40s, officials said.

The official said they were awaiting the arrival of a specialised gendarmerie squad to deal with the sniper. The road where the shooting took place was closed.

A village resident said police were cordoning off the area and that a medical helicopter had landed. The witness added that he had heard "four, five cracks."

AFP/Expatica

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