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Monday, 29 October, 2001, 10:18 GMT
French gunman on rampage
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At least one gunman has gone on the rampage in the city of Tours, reportedly killing several people.

The French news agency AFP, quoting rescuers, says four people have been killed. Five other people are said to have been hurt.


We have around 15 people taking refuge here - everyone is afraid

Edwige Guignard, tourist office
Two of the casualties are said to be police officers. The others are thought to be passers-by.

Details remain sketchy, but reports say at least one man opened fire in the city centre with a rifle, possibly from a car.

The BBC's James Coomarasamy says one person is reported to have been detained, and a second man is thought to have fled into an underground car park in the city centre.

Running in fear

Dozens of people have taken refuge in offices near the car park.

"We have been told to stay inside and lock the doors," Edwige Guignard, of Tours tourist office, told BBC News Online.


"Everybody ran in from the streets. We have around 15 people taking refuge here, and 15 staff. Everyone is afraid."

The incident began near the city's post office at 0945 (0845GMT), she said.

Dozens of armed police officers are at the scene.

A spokeswoman for the Mayor's office in Tours confirmed that a shooting incident had occurred, but no further details were immediately available.

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"At least three people are thought to have been killed"
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