Shooting in Paris: a real estate agent died, the perpetrators on the run

Individuals shot several times at a man in Paris, this Wednesday, May 24, 2023.

Shooting in Paris: a real estate agent died, the perpetrators on the run

Individuals shot several times at a man in Paris, this Wednesday, May 24, 2023. Targeted, the victim died and the perpetrators of the shots are on the run. The track of the settlement of accounts seems possible.

[Updated May 24, 2023 at 6:38 p.m.] Movement of panic in the heart of Paris. Several shots rang out boulevard Courcelles, in the 8th arrondissement of the capital, around 3 p.m. this Wednesday, May 24. The shots seemed to target one and the same person according to information from the Parisian. The target hit by the bullets died, despite being taken care of by rescue teams.

The first elements collected indicate that the person concerned is a real estate agent in his thirties. The latter would have tried to take shelter, in vain, in a shop on the street, at number 67, between Place des Ternes and Parc Monceau. Passers-by on the spot at the time of the shooting also took refuge in the various shops on the street, no one seems to have been injured except the man targeted by the shots according to franceinfo. Very quickly, a large police and rescue team was deployed in the neighborhood, which was cordoned off. The crime squad has taken over the investigation.

The shots were reportedly fired by several individuals, the exact number of which is not yet known, riding on two wheels, including a blue Yamaha scooter, on Boulevard Courcelles. The shooters would have taken care of the victim and one of them would have gone to the real estate agency where the intended target worked. After firing five times, they would have fled, according to the details of the police collected by the Parisian. The two two-wheeled vehicles were found covered with fire extinguisher powder in the Hauts-de-Seine, in Châtenay-Malabry, recently.

The rather calm district of western Paris was rocked by the violence of the scene which lasted only a few seconds. The inhabitants are in shock and they are all the more surprised that the shots sustained by the victim, a shopkeeper on Boulevard Courcelles, could be linked to a settling of accounts according to the first leads.

Local elected officials are also considering this track. Members of the Republican party, the mayor of the 8th arrondissement Jeanne d'Hauteserre and that of the neighboring 17th arrondissement Geoffroy Boulard are surprised at the scene that unfolded. "It's the far west" dropped the first to our colleagues from Parisian denouncing the fact that "the settlements of accounts are done in broad daylight"

The man targeted by the shooters worked on boulevard Courcelles, he is described as a real estate agent according to Le Parisien and as a tradesman or store employee by BFMTV or franceinfo. He was about thirty years old. The investigation should make it possible to clarify the identity of the victim, but the testimonies collected by the Parisian newspaper evoke "a very nice man", a good living "who liked to go out in the evening, book good restaurants, also dance" and who could point out by its "high verb".