- The 69-year-old said he went out that morning to kill migrants or foreigners and then himself.
- He told investigators he didn’t know his victims and called all “non-European foreigners” his enemies.
- He was arrested at the scene and transferred to a psychiatric ward on Saturday. His name was not published.
He was arrested at the scene and transferred to a psychiatric ward on Saturday. His name was not published.
The shooting in a busy Parisian neighborhood shocked and angered the Kurdish community and raised concerns about hate crimes at a time when far-right voices have been gaining traction in France and across Europe.
Demonstrators turn around a car during a protest against the recent shooting at the Kurdish Cultural Center in Paris on Saturday December 24, 2022. Source: AAP / AP
The suspect told investigators that on the morning of the shooting, he first took his gun to the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis to kill foreigners, but changed his mind, the prosecutor’s statement said.
One of the wounded in the hair salon managed to stop him and hold him until police arrived, the prosecutor said.
On Saturday, members of France’s Kurdish community and anti-racism activists joined in a demonstration of grief and anger. The gathering was largely peaceful, with protesters holding portraits of the victims.