PARIS: A huge manhunt was under way in Paris on Tuesday for a lone gunman who shot and critically wounded a newspaper photogra-pher before opening fire outside a bank headquarters and hijacking a car.
Officers on foot and in squad cars deployed throughout the nervous city, taking up positions outside media offices, along the Champs-Elysees avenue and at entrances to stations for the underground train system, the Metro.
Investigators have so far been unable to identify the gunman, described by French Interior Minister Manuel Valls as “a real danger.”
His motive remains unclear, but police believe he was also behind an incident on Friday in which staff at a Paris television station were threatened by a man carrying a gun.
The attacker, wearing a cap and wielding a 12-gauge shotgun, opened fire at the offices of left-wing newspaper Liberation at about 10:15 a.m. (9:15 a.m. Manila time) on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).