Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Gunman opens fire on French island of Corsica

Gunman opens fire on French island of Corsica

The man, whose name has not been released by authorities, then opened fire on the officers before fleeing to his apartment building, located nearby in the Montesoro district in the south of Bastia. He later committed suicide. Police have surrounded the building.

The motive for the attack is still unclear, though initial reports have ruled out terrorism.

One person was killed and five others were injured, including a police officer.

The policeman was in intensive care but "his life is not in danger", Castaner said. A person died and six others were injured - one was in critical situation.

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The dead man was described as a local public housing official on the French Mediterranean island.

Police said the gunman began firing on the street around 4:25 p.m. local time in the town of Bastia.

But he is said to be well-known for causing problems in the neighborhood as has been previously been convicted by the courts.

The area was sealed off by police, while several residents remained in the building. Officers from the RAID police unit later arrived on scene.

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