Written by Staff Writer
19 Nov, 2013 | 6:42 am
A manhunt is continuing in Paris after a gunman attacked offices of the newspaper Liberation and fired outside the Headquarters of the Societe Generale bank.
A photographer, 27, was critically hurt at Liberation. The gunman later forced a motorist to drive him to the Champs Elysees before allowing him to go.
Police are looking for the same man who broke into the Paris offices of the 24-hour news channel BFMTV on Friday.
Police have now been stationed outside all the main media offices in Paris. At a news conference, investigators held up two images, one of the suspect in a street and another taken from BFMTV surveillance cameras on Friday.
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said the “most likely possibility” was that a lone gunman was behind the three attacks and the hijacking. He said the suspect had not yet been identified and the motive was still unclear.
The man is said to be between 35 and 45 years old, between 1.7m and 1.8m tall (5ft 6″ and 5ft 10″), with stubble and greying hair. Molins said the suspect was wearing a black vest, a cap and white-soled green shoes.
The BBC’s Christian Fraser in Paris says the gunman had walked into BFMTV on Friday morning and emptied the chamber of his gun in the reception area.Next time, I will not miss you,” the man had said to an editor he threatened.
At 10:15 local time (09:15 GMT) on Monday, the gunman entered the Paris offices of Liberation, near the Place de la Republique in the east of the city, and opened fire.He injured a photographer in the chest and stomach before escaping. Liberation said three spent cartridges had been found. Police say the gunman then hijacked a car in Nanterre, close to La Defense, and forced the driver to take him to the Champs Elysees, where he was dropped near the metro station George V.
Liberacion later said the photographer underwent surgery and was being kept in intensive care.Police sealed off the area around Liberation’s offices.
Liberation publisher Nicolas Demorand said: “In a democracy, when someone enters a newspaper office with a gun, this is very, very serious, whatever the person’s mental state.” He added that the shooting had left the newspaper’s staff traumatised.
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