Three injured in shooting in northern France

Witnesses told police that an unidentified assailant opened fire near a metro station on Friday night before fleeing, according to police officials.

Published: 25th March 2017 10:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th March 2017 10:37 AM   |  A+A-

PARIS: Police say three people have been injured in a shooting in the northern French city of Lille.

Witnesses told police that an unidentified assailant opened fire near a metro station on Friday night before fleeing, according to two Lille police officials.

The officials said one of those shot is a minor, and none of the injuries is life-threatening. The officials were not authorized to be publicly named.

The reason for the shooting is unclear. It comes as France is under a state of emergency after deadly extremist attacks.

Newspaper La Voix du Nord and radio France Bleu Nord reported that the Lille shooting may have been a settling of scores among local criminals.

While firearms are less common in France than the U.S., gang-related shootings occur sporadically in poor French neighborhoods.

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