French police spread search for Paris gunman after false arrest

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Police in Paris are continuing to hunt for a gunman who attacked a bank and two media outlets after denying reports of making an arrest on Tuesday.

The photographer’s assistant seriously wounded has now come out of a coma and detectives have also released a new picture of the man they are chasing.

The suspect, armed with a shotgun and wearing glasses, has yet to be identified, however police say they are examining his DNA traces left on bullets fired and in the car he hijacked.

New CCTV pictures show the moment he burst into the downtown headquarters of left-wing daily paper Liberation where he shot and critically wounded the photographer’s assistant.

The man he passed on the stairs was also threatened and has today given his account of what he saw: “When i heard what happened next, the drama with the young men at Liberation. For sure we were facing someone very dangerous, with a loaded weapon but i don’t know if he intended to use it, and when he passed next to me the second time I don’t know why I didn’t notice,” explained Father Christian Aurenche.

The outburst of violence has shocked Parisians and reminded some of Mohammed Merah, the man who went on a deadly shooting rampage in the south of the country last year.

“Some people are insane, others are crazy. For this guy maybe it was personal. As long as they haven’t found him he’ll remain dangerous. We“re talking of an armed guy loose on the streets who can kill at any time,” said one man in the city.

Investigators say they are now pursuing leads from around 400 calls made by the public.

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