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 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.
🔴 #Última hora | Confusión en torno a un posible tiroteo en el mercado navideño de Estrasburgo hace apenas unos minutos.— Noticias CMM (@CMM_noticias) December 11, 2018
La policía ha evacuado la zona y han cortado la calle principal.#strasburg
Vía @MarioSaavedra pic.twitter.com/e2Kej7yLJN
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.
At least one person has been killed and 10 more wounded after a gunman opened fire near a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France.— AJ+ (@ajplus) December 11, 2018
The gunman is reportedly still at large. pic.twitter.com/INpCvZP3wW
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.
Eerie silence on the streets of Strasbourg after shooting near Christmas market. Shooter apparently still at large.— Maximilian Hofmann (@maxhofmann) December 11, 2018
So far one person confirmed dead according to officials. pic.twitter.com/wLXjEnFds1
France remains on high alert after suffering a wave of attacks inspired by the Islamic State militant group in 2015 and 2016.
We are getting a clearer picture now from officials. Apparently one person dead in shooting in Strasbourg, six injured.— Maximilian Hofmann (@maxhofmann) December 11, 2018
Security forces are securing two perimeters. One very large (see picture), one close to Cathedral where Shooter is believed to be at large. pic.twitter.com/QyayVjmJX9
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.