Le gangster ‘whacked’ in mafia-style hit
A gunman calmly shot dead a man and badly injured a woman outside a Paris hospital before fleeing the scene on a scooter in what was believed to be a mob execution.
Officials ruled out a terrorist attack, with witness statements appearing to point to a targeted assassination.
“It really looked like a mafia execution, like in a film,” the owner of a cafe opposite the hospital said, requesting that his name be given only as Arnaud.
The attacker fired several shots at the Henry Dunant private geriatric hospital run by the Red Cross in the upmarket 16th district, investigators said.
“One person died and one is seriously injured,” a fire service source said. “It’s probably a settling of scores,” a source close to the investigation said.
Another source said the victim was born in 1987 and was “very well-known notably for murder, drug trafficking and criminal association”.
The two casualties were taken into the hospital after the early afternoon shooting, where the man died.
“I heard six loud shots while I was having lunch,” the caretaker of a nearby building told reporters. “I went out immediately and I saw a young black man on the ground, face down, outside the hospital. He was maybe 20 or 30 years old and he looked dead.”
The injured woman works as a security guard at the hospital, which runs a COVID vaccination centre. Prosecutors said she was in a serious condition and her prognosis remained uncertain.
French authorities said they were treating the shooting as a murder and an attempted murder.