French police arrest suspected gunman after shots fired in Paris

  • AP, Paris
  • Updated: Apr 08, 2016 12:44 IST
Police officers block a street after a gunman fired shots near cafes targeted in last November's attacks in Paris. (AP)

French police arrested a suspected gunman on Thursday after shots were fired near Parisian cafes that were targeted in November’s attacks.

No injuries were reported but the incident rattled nerves in a city still on edge. Paris police spokesperson Johana Primevert says officers were deployed after shots rang out. A suspect who appeared to be drunk later surrendered, she said.

“I heard there was a hostage-taking so I came outside. There was a crowd collecting and all these police and media. But it’s hardly anything. Now every time we hear a police siren we panic. Everyone overreacts. Fear? I’m not afraid,” said local resident Gilles Selles.

The building is at the junction of the Rue de Bichat and Rue du Faubourg du Temple in eastern Paris, near two cafes targeted in the Nov.

13 Islamic State attacks that left 130 people dead and hundreds wounded. France remains on edge and under a state of emergency since the attacks.

“It was quiet, dead for a long time after the attacks with all the memorials, and then this again,” another resident, Pierre Chretien, told The Associated Press. “I don’t realize the impact yet of this (shooter) here. We’re not safe here, not safe anywhere in Paris.”

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