Three feared killed as gunman opens fire in French village
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."