Man on Run After Shooting Up Paris Bank, Newspaper

He's suspected of a Friday news channel shooting as well
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2013 8:54 AM CST
Man on Run After Shooting Up Paris Bank, Newspaper
Police officers stand outside Liberation newspaper office in Paris, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, after a gunman opened fire in the lobby, wounding a photographer's assistant before fleeing.   (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

A manhunt is under way in Paris for a man believed to have opened fire at a newspaper office and a bank branch before hijacking a car. A man with a shaved head burst into the offices of left-wing newspaper Liberation this morning and opened fire, hitting a photographer's assistant in the chest before fleeing, Reuters reports. The same man is believed to have opened fire again outside a suburban Societe Generale bank about 90 minutes later, according to police. No one was harmed in that shooting; the photographer hit in the first is "fighting for his life," according to the BBC.

A man fitting the gunman's description then hijacked a car, forcing the driver to take him to the Champs Elysees—he reportedly told the driver he had grenades. He then got out and faded into the crowd. A helicopter is currently hovering over the famous avenue to aid in the hunt. People are being urged to stay indoors, and all major news outlets have been placed under police protection. Police believe the shooter is the same man who opened fire at BFMTV's offices on Friday. The gunman in that attack was wielding a shotgun, and fired off several cartridges before shouting to the news channel's senior editor, "Next time, I will not miss you," the Telegraph reports. (Read more gunman stories.)

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