Around 11:30 p.m. in the Cité des Oliviers, in the 13th arrondissement of Marseille, the police called by residents discovered the body of a man covered with a sheet around which were around fifty people.
The 26-year-old victim was lying, according to Provence, in front of the entrance to his home.
His body showed several bullet holes, particularly in the head and abdomen, and more than a dozen 9mm caliber holsters were discovered on the ground.
The police began a neighborhood investigation to find possible witnesses to the assault.
"These are targeted shootings," said the police, while deeming, however, premature to speak of settling scores.
The victim was known for crimes unrelated to drug trafficking.
The criminal brigade of the Marseille judicial police was seized of the investigation by the Marseille prosecutor's office.
Eight dead since June 25
The Bouches-du-Rhône and Marseille in particular have been experiencing an outbreak of violence since the beginning of the summer and this homicide brings to eight the number of people killed since June 25 (out of 15 since the beginning of the year), the most of them related to drug trafficking.
This surge of violence is not, however, “unprecedented”, for the director of the southern zone of the judicial police, Eric Arella, according to whom the “trend (…) is not about an explosion”. Over the period 2010-2016, the average was two settlements per month. “We have gone to an average of one per month since 2017”, far from the peak of 2016 and its 29 deaths.