CORSICA SHOOTING: SNIPER OPENS FIRE ON CROWD – FIVE INJURED IN ATTACK ON FRENCH ISLAND

POLICE on the French island of Corsica have surrounded a home after a “sniper” opened fire on a crowd inuring at least five people.

Heavily armed officers have laid siege to a building in the tourist hotspot of Bastia following after the gunman reportedly took two people hostage. The suspect began firing at passersby in the coastal town at around 3.30pm GMT (4.30pm local time), according to French media. Officials said one person is seriously injured while one of those hurt is reportedly a police officer.

Two of those shot were rushed to hospital while two more are feared to be inside the gunman’s home where he has barricaded himself.

Dramatic pictures from the scene in Bastia’s Montesoro district show armed police surrounding the property.

A Twitter account for the official State services of the region said: “Police intervention in progress sector Lupiono @City_Bastia.

“A sniper fired on passers-by before hiding in his building.

“At this stage, the provisional report states five wounded people, one in a very worrying condition.”

A Tweet from the French national police urged bystanders to keep back from the cordon and not take “unnecessary risks”.

The suspect, reportedly a man in his 60s, is known to police but his motives for the attack are unclear.

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