Settling scores against a backdrop of rivalry?
This Monday, the police from the Criminal Squad were trying to unravel the threads of this nebulous assassination.
The first clues, including the modus operandi and the identity of the victim, would indeed suggest a settlement of scores.
All afternoon, this Exelmans district, south of the chic 16th arrondissement, not far from the Porte de Saint-Cloud, was cordoned off.
A police tape barred the rue Michel-Ange and its adjacent streets.
The woman admitted to Georges-Pompidou
At 1:30 p.m., a shooting broke out near the Henry-Dunant hospital, a geriatric establishment of the Red Cross, also a radiology center and currently a Covid-19 vaccination center, and a few meters from the terrace of the restaurant la Garçonnière , which sells to take away.
Two people, a man and a woman, were shot by a lone gunman.
They were immediately taken care of by hospital staff.
The 34-year-old man died on the spot, being shot in the head four times.
The second victim, also a 34-year-old woman, working as a security guard at the hospital, was seriously injured and transported with a life-threatening condition to the Georges-Pompidou European Hospital (15th century).
"It was not a small pistol, but a weapon of war"
"I was quietly at home," says Mireille, who lives in rue Michel-Ange, a few meters from the crime scene.
“I heard a huge noise, a burst.
I immediately thought of the terrorist trail.
"It was not a small pistol, adds this elegant sexagenarian, but a weapon of war, powerful.
I went out to my balcony.
I saw a waiter in an apron, probably from the Café la Garçonnière, who was running after someone.
VIDEO. Shooting in front of a hospital in Paris: "I heard 2 shots, then 4 others", says a witness
Shooting in front of a hospital in Paris: "I heard 2 shots, then 4 others", says a witness
“It was total panic in the street, adds Ines (the first name has been changed), the caretaker, in the front row.
We heard at least six shots.
We saw a guy dressed in black walking quietly, while everyone was running in the street.
Then he started to run.
A local resident adds: "We saw a young man, 20 or 30 years old, collapse in front of the hospital, face down on the ground.
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The shooter fled "on a large scooter which was waiting for him, specifies a source, an XMAX".
The Paris prosecutor's office, which initially entrusted the investigations to the 1st DPJ (District of judicial police), then charged the criminal brigade of the Regional Directorate of the Judicial Police (DRPJ) with this investigation for "assassination and attempted murder. 'assassination'.
Half a dozen casings collected
Investigators made the findings on the bodies.
The forensic technicians combed the scene, picked up half a dozen cartridge cases.
The first witnesses were interviewed.
Images from CCTV cameras scanned.
Paris (XVIth), Monday April 12, 2021. Half a dozen cartridge cases were found by investigators.
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"It is a spectacular crime in the middle of the day and in a rather quiet district which creates emotion", deplores Francis Szpiner, the Mayor (LR) of the XVIth arrondissement of Paris, who went there and spoke to the deputy prosecutor.
“The hospital opened a psychological support unit for shocked staff.
What is the link between the injured woman and the deceased man?
“There are still many gray areas, analyzed a source close to the case.
We do not know the motive.
It is not known in what order the alleged murderer fired.
We don't know what he was doing in the neighborhood.
It is not known if the woman, a vigilante in the hospital, took a stray bullet or if she was in fact also targeted, if she knew the victim.
"What we know at the end of the day, loose another police source, is that the deceased victim, who was the same age as the injured guard, of Comorian origin, was also a security guard and had a criminal record. provided: theft, drug trafficking, criminal conspiracy and organized gang murder.