French driver held after shooting at pedestrians

30th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

VERSAILLES, France, Jan 30 (AFP) - A 70-year-old Frenchman was in custody Sunday after firing a handgun at two pedestrians in a Paris suburb after one of them kicked his car, police said.

VERSAILLES, France, Jan 30 (AFP) - A 70-year-old Frenchman was in custody Sunday after firing a handgun at two pedestrians in a Paris suburb after one of them kicked his car, police said.

The aged motorist missed both pedestrians, who noted his number plate as he sped off and alerted police. He was arrested at his home early Sunday and was due to face court within days.

The incident happened late Saturday in the western suburb of Poissy, when the driver refused to let a man cross the road in front of his car, police said.

After the frustrated pedestrian kicked the vehicle, the driver pulled out a handgun and fired at the man. When a second man approached, he too was fired upon, but the bullets went wide.

Officers said they were searching a river where the driver was believed to have thrown the weapon.

© AFP

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