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Two dead, several wounded after gunfire in central Paris by Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) – A gunman killed two people and wounded four others in a shootout near a Kurdish cultural center in Paris on Friday, prosecutors said.

Several shots were fired on Rue d’Enghien, a street lined with small shops and cafes in the capital’s 10th arrondissement, sparking panic. Armed police guarded a security line and several ambulances were at the scene, live television images showed.

“A gun attack took place. Many thanks to the security forces for their quick action,” Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire tweeted. “Thoughts of the victims and the witnesses of this drama.”

Investigations into murder, manslaughter and serious violence have been initiated, said the Paris prosecutor.

A 69-year-old man has been arrested and is being held in custody, prosecutors added. The incident was over, they said.

The police did not provide any information on the motives of the alleged shooter.

A witness told the French news agency AFP that seven or eight shots were fired. A second witness speaking to BFM TV said the alleged gunman was a white man who silently opened fire.