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Paris manhunt ongoing as police release photo of man who opened fire in newspaper office

Handout photo released by Paris' judiciary police taken from surveillance footage shows a suspect gunman
Handout photo released by Paris' judiciary police taken from surveillance footage shows a suspect gunman
Still image from video taken from surveillance footage shows a suspect gunman (R), November 18, 2013.
Still image from video taken from surveillance footage shows a suspect gunman (L), November 18, 2013. Police were hunting a lone gunman on the loose in central Paris on Monday after he opened fire at the offices of left-wing daily newspaper Liberation and a major bank before hijacking a car to take him to the Champs-Elysees avenue.
Still image from video taken from surveillance footage shows a suspect gunman, November 18, 2013
French police officers wearing bullet-proof jackets stand at the entrance of France Info radio station in Paris, Tuesday Nov. 19
A suspected gunman walking in an underground station in Paris on November 18, 2013, is seen in this handout picture taken from surveillance footage and released by Paris Prefecture de Police on November 19, 2013
A suspected gunman walking in an underground station in Paris on November 18, 2013, is seen in this handout picture taken from surveillance footage and released by Paris Prefecture de Police on November 19, 2013
Photo taken from the footage of a security camera and released by the Paris Prefecture de Police on Tuesday, Nov. 19 2013, shows the alleged gunman walking at the Concorde underground station in Paris, France

Gerard Bon

French prosecutors denied a report today that police had arrested a man believed to have opened fire with a shotgun at the offices of a left-wing newspaper and a major bank in Paris.

Earlier today, the police released photographs of the man they believe is responsible for the shooting.

The gunman seriously wounded a photographer's assistant at Liberation newspaper on Monday before firing at least three shots into the lobby of the suburban headquarters of Societe Generale in the La Defense business district 10 kilometers (6 miles) west of the centre.

Earlier, French police  circulated pictures of his face on Tuesday a day after he fired shots at the Paris offices of a newspaper and major bank before escaping in a hijacked car.

The man, armed with a shotgun and wearing glasses, a beige bonnet and red vest in one of the photographs taken by a mass transit surveillance camera, had yet be identified after a public call for witnesses to come forward, a police source said. Images of the gunman's face were released by the media.

In an outburst of violence that alarmed the French capital, the gunman burst into the downtown headquarters of left-wing daily Liberation on Monday, shooting and critically wounding a 23-year-old photographer's assistant before fleeing.

Soon afterwards he fired at least three shots into the lobby of the headquarters of Societe Generale bank in the La Defense business district 10 km (6 miles) west of the city centre, according to Paris prosecutor Francois Molins. A window was shattered but there were no casualties.

The gunman subsequently vanished into crowds near the central Champs-Elysees boulevard after forcing a motorist at gunpoint to take him there.

The gunman - who was also photographed wearing a baseball cap with a sling bag, green sneakers with white soles, and either a puffy vest or long green coat - has not claimed the shooting or given any indication of his motive.

Investigators were pursuing around 120 of 400 tips received from the public, police said.

"The French can count on the mobilisation of the police," Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told journalists. "We will find the perpetrator of these acts so that he can be brought to justice and punished."

Molins said the suspect had salt-and-pepper hair, European features, is somewhere between 35 and 45 years old and between 1.70 and 1.80 metres tall. He said the same man wearing different clothes was suspected to have threatened people with a gun on Friday at a 24-hour news channel, BFMTV.

Investigators found two types of 12-gauge shotgun cartridges at the Liberation offices and in BFMTV's lobby.

Reuters

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