Gunmen attack wedding in France, one dead and 5 injured

A masked gang attacked a wedding in France, killing one and injuring five.

Sources say that the attack in the northeastern city of Thionville was related to the resolution of disputes between drug traffickers.

The shooting took place overnight in the reception hall of Eden Palace from Saturday, June 29, to Sunday, June 30, with around a hundred people – reportedly members of the local Turkish community – in attendance.

A man in his 30s was killed and three others were seriously injured in the attack around 1 am. The condition of two of them is said to be life-threatening.

A pregnant woman also suffered minor injuries and is said to be in a state of shock, while a man was injured by broken glass.

The ages of the victims are between 25 and 50 years.

The perpetrators of the shooting, three men, who are said to have covered their faces and were dressed in black, fled the scene by the time police arrived.

They have not yet been identified and are believed to be still at large.

“It was during a wedding,” police sources said.

“At half past one in the morning, a group of people went to smoke in front of the hall, and then three heavily armed men came and fired at them.”

According to local media, three of the dead were reportedly standing outside the venue and two in the entrance hall when gunmen fired more than 15 shots at the wedding guests.

Witnesses told local media that the assailants used two Kalashnikovs and a shotgun for the attack.

“Several dozen rounds of ammunition were fired. Four people were hit by bullets,” prosecutor Nancy Francois Capen Dalhoust said in a statement.

“Currently, one has died, three others are in critical condition. Two others also sustained minor injuries, mainly from broken glass.”

Sources said the attackers arrived in a 4×4 vehicle, “probably a BMW”.

Gunmen attack wedding in France, one dead and 5 injured

Members of the law enforcement agencies believe that the violence was motivated by the settling of scores related to drug trafficking.

According to Le Parisien, the dead and three injured men are known to the authorities for drug cases.

Investigators are trying to understand how the criminals knew their target would be away from other guests when they struck.

“The wedding wasn't targeted as such, it was the people who were in the wedding,” a source said.

“At this stage, the motive for the shooting is unknown,” the prosecutor said.

The venue is believed to have CCTV installed and the attack was caught on camera.

A glass door with at least five bullet holes could be seen at the scene Sunday morning, which is likely how some of the victims were injured by shards of glass.

Thienville is located near the borders of Luxembourg and Germany and the border area of ​​the city is a known target area for drug trafficking.

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