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Fatalities Reported at Strasbourg Christmas Market Shooting, Suspect Still at Large

France has currently upgraded their security threat level after terrorist attack leaves at least 12 injured

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On Tuesday evening, police in France have been hunting a gunman who shot three people dead and injured 12 others in a terror attack on Strasbourg’s celebrated Christmas market. 

According to The Guardian,  the Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner stated the government had raised the risk level to the highest category. The move would strengthen border controls and bolster protection of Christmas markets and other events.

Castaner also stated that the gunman had opened fire in three different places in the city before engaging in firefights with patrolling soldiers.”He fought twice with our security forces.” 

Currently, police have cut off major roads in and out of the city and launched a massive operation involving 350 police gendarmes and soldiers, as well as helicopters, to find him. French security services said they had identified the gunman as a 29-year-old born in Strasbourg, known to police and also on the “Fiche S” list of potential security threats. 

This is a developing story, and will be updated as information is confirmed. 

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Erin Whitten is currently CMN's Senior Correspondent and is currently a student at Arizona State University majoring in Mass Communications and Media Studies.

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