At least 4 dead, 11 injured after shooting at Strasbourg's Christmas market in France, gunman identified, still at large

A major tourist attraction witnessed a public shooting that left four people dead and many injured at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg


                            At least 4 dead, 11 injured after shooting at Strasbourg's Christmas market in France, gunman identified, still at large

At least four people are dead and 11 others injured after shots were fired close to a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France. The incident took place in proximity of a Christmas market at one of the central squares close to Place Kleber. 

The 29-year-old gunman, born in Strasbourg, was identified by French intelligence through surveillance camera images, reported the Irish Times. The gunman is still at large and authorities are on the look out for him, with extra security measures deployed at the nearby Franco-German border.

According to the publication, the suspect has a criminal record as well as was listed on the "S" list of suspected Islamic radicals. He was, in fact, due for questioning by the police yesterday morning, but was not at his apartment when the gendarmes dropped in. The suspect, armed with a handgun and knife, first opened fire on the police before firing at random passersby.  



 

The French Interior Ministry has called on the public to remain indoors and the local authorities in the Grand-Est and Bas-Rhin areas have now advised the public to "avoid the area of the police station," which is close to the city's Christmas market. The security officials have cordoned off the area and trams have now stopped running. 



The Christmas market is a major tourist attraction, drawing millions of tourists from across Europe and the rest of the world for a unique Christmas shopping experience boasting more than 300 stalls with concerts being put on throughout the festive period. 



 

France remains on high alert after suffering a wave of attacks inspired by the Islamic State militant group in 2015 and 2016.



 

Deputy mayor of the French city on the German border, Alain Fontanel tweeted: "Thanks to all for staying at home until the situation has been clarified." Local residents also reported hearing gunfire in some parts of the city center according to various reports and Reuters confirmed, at the time, the shooting had left one person dead. The present death toll is thought to be, at least, four dead.



 

This is a developing story.