Eli Ridder | Report
At least three people were killed and several others injured during what has been dubbed as a terror attack by a gunman near the Christmas Market in the French city of Strasbourg, police and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Tuesday.
The gunman, who has yet to be identified, is on the run, according to local police, with France 24 reporting that 13 individuals were wounded resulting in the opening of an investigation from the anti-terror office.
The key suspect is barricaded in a building in the city, according to reports, but is still on the run.
A source at the prosecutor’s office told France 24 the motive behind the shooting was not immediately clear, but reports from local media indicate the gunman was a Strasbourg native.
The European Union’s European Parliament, located in Strasbourg, went quickly on lockdown with MEP’s, officials and journalists requested to remain inside.
Mr. Castanor told reporters that the gunman was known to police for past crimes, but did not elaborate further as he headed out for the scene at Strasbourg.
An official alert was sent out by the interior ministry warning of a “serious public security event underway”, encouraging residents to remain in their homes and listen to the instructions of authorities.
Shots from the scene in Strasbourg show streets lit by both the world-renown market and emergency vehicles, in a city self-branded as the Christmas market capital of Europe.
People in the area have taken to social media as the lockdown continues for another few hours, according to police and local reports.
The incident is reminiscent to the German Christmas market attack in 2016.
More details to follow. Image of the scene from the Herald Sun.