A Paris suburb was the setting for dramatic scenes on Wednesday when a man armed with a gun started firing.

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Street drama after armed man kills himself

A Paris suburb was the setting for dramatic scenes on Wednesday when a man armed with a gun started firing.

Street drama after armed man kills himself
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The incident occurred in Aubervilliers, a northern suburb of the capital, reported France Soir.

The man was armed with a sawn-off shotgun. He first took aim at his wife, who was holding a baby at the time. 

A passer-by intervened and got shot himself in the arm.

Another passer-by was then hit in the neck.

The woman managed to escape, after which the man turned the gun on himself.

He shot himself in the street and died.

The two other men who were injured were taken to hospital where they are recovering.

The woman had already been identified as “in danger” from her husband. She was in the process of getting a divorce from her husband.

The local authority had given her a special mobile phone for her to use in moments of danger.

It would summon a rapid response from police. She did not have time to use the phone during Wednesday’s incident.

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Bystander among three killed in shooting in south of France

French police were searching on Monday for gunmen who killed three people in southern France, including an innocent bystander, in a shooting believed to be drug gang related, officials said.

Bystander among three killed in shooting in south of France

Two people known to the authorities were killed in the shooting late Sunday in the southern town of Ollioules west of the French port city of Toulon, police said.

But the shootout also claimed the life of a woman, 57, who was a passenger on a scooter and is believed to be an innocent victim caught in the crossfire, police said.

“All means will be used to identify and arrest those behind the shooting in Ollioules,” said Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Twitter, expressing confidence in the police to “eradicate the criminal networks who corrupt our neighbourhoods.”

A police source said the profile of the two male victims — aged 29 and 30 and known to police over past drug cases — backed up the idea that the shooting was a settling of accounts between gangs. 

The two gunmen escaped the scene.

The female victim was on a scooter driven by her husband, 58, who was wounded and taken to hospital. Local media said they were regular visitors to the area.

The Var department of southern France — a tourist magnet for its balmy Mediterranean climate — has seen a string of gangland-style shootings in the last months.

In March, notorious local crime figure Thierry Fornasari, who had been on the run since 2017, was shot dead in the town of Tanneron.

Five days later a man aged 20 was gunned down in the same region.

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