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Gunman on the loose in Paris after newspaper office shooting

THIS is the lone gunman on the run in Paris after he is suspected of shooting and gravely wounding a photographer, as well as three other attacks around the Frenchcapital.

The motive for the attacks, which prompted heightened security at media offices and the busy Champs-Elysees shopping avenue, is still unclear.

Authorities believe the lone gunman was involved in the shooting at the prominent daily newspaper Liberation, a similar incident at news network BFM-TV, a shooting outside French bank Societe Generale, and a brief hostage-taking.

Authorities released video footage of the suspect (pictured above) who was wielding a pump-action shotgun and wearing a black vest, green shoes with white soles, and a cap.

The suspect's image was emailed to the media to help with the manhunt.

Yesterday began with a gunman entering the lobby of Liberation around 10am and opening fire.

A 23-year-old photographer, who works at the paper as a freelance assistant, was in intensive care after being shot near the heart and in the arm, Molins told a news conference.

Less than two hours after the shooting at Liberation, three shots were fired in front of the headquarters of the bank Societe Generale in the Paris suburb of La Defense, according to Paris police.

Societe Generale, said in a statement that a lone gunman opened fire in front of the building, and no one was hurt.


Less than an hour later, a man called police to say he had been taken hostage by a gunman in the town of Puteaux,near La Defense.

Police said the gunman forced his hostage to drive six kilometres (three and a half miles) back towards central Paris, and then let him go on the Champs-Elysees.

Police were searching the area and other sites around the French capital, Paris police said.

All this came three days after another incident at BFM-TV, in which an armed man threatened journalists with a shotgun in the news network's lobby before fleeing.