France shooting: Death toll rises to 4

December 11, 2018 - 3:50 pm

PARIS (AP) —  Two French police union officials say four people have died after a gunman started shooting near Strasbourg's Christmas market and the suspect was wounded, but is still at large.

One of the officials, Stephane Morisse from the FGP Police union, told The Associated Press authorities went to the alleged assailant's residence earlier Tuesday to arrest him but the 29-year-old suspected of ties to radicalism wasn't there. Morisse says police found explosive materials at the home.

Morisse said that after the evening shooting, soldiers guarding the Christmas market shot and wounded the suspect before he escaped.

A terrorism investigation has been opened into Tuesday's attack, which put parts of the city on lockdown.

Strasbourg, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) east of Paris, is on the border with Germany.