French Police Seek Attacker After Orthodox Priest Shot in Lyon

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The development comes two days after three people were stabbed to death in the Notre-Dame basilica in the city of Nice and two weeks after an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin beheaded a schoolteacher in a Paris suburb.

French police are looking for an attacker who shot an Orthodox priest in the city of Lyon, local media says. According to reports, the priest is seriously injured. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has urged residents of Lyon to avoid the area around Jean-Macé sector, where the shooting occurred.

Local media says the attack occurred when the priest, a Greek citizen, was closing the church. According to LyonMag, the perpetrator was armed with a sawed-off shotgun, fired his weapon twice, and fled the scene. The priest is reportedly in a serious condition.

​The French Interior Ministry has said on social media that security and rescue services are currently at the crime scene.

​Local media says the perpetrator is about 40 years old and didn’t know his victim. The shooter is still at large. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has said he is returning to Paris where he will form a crisis committee together with President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Jean Castex, who has already departed for the French capital.

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