Three people have been killed and at least three injured after a shooting in Paris. A 69-year-old man has been arrested.
The gunman was a “far-Right racist fanatic” who had just been released from prison after attacking two Sudanese refugees with a sabre.
Today’s shootings follow a similarly racist provoked attack a ear ago where another man attacked two men and damaged six tents in a refugee camp in Paris a year ago with a sabre during which two Sudanese refugees were badly wounded.
The suspect in today’s shooting is known to be a French national who worked for SNCF for many years, and has a prior police record for attacking migrants living in tents. Investigators consider today’s shooting to be racially motivated and probably a retalitary action following a string of shootings and stabbings that occurred in the city beginning in 2015 and were associated with terrorist Islamic fundamentalist extremists.
During the 2015 terrorist attack 130 people were killed at several locations in November of that year, and it was the bloodiest single terrorist attack in the nation’s history. ISIS-affiliated suicide bombers killed 90 people in the Bataclan concert hall, Stade de France, cafes, and restaurants. That followed an earlier attack 2015, when two gunmen from Paris who were affiliated with Al-Qaeda burst into the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 17 people inside and three outside.