French police hold suspect over Paris shootings

A man points a shotgun on Nov. 15 in Paris in this image from a security camera released by the Paris police. Paris police via AP

French police Wednesday evening arrested a man who strongly resembles the shooting suspect believed to have opened fire with a shotgun at the offices of a left-wing newspaper and of a major bank in Paris, the prosecutor's office in Paris told NBC News. 

The man was arrested in a parking lot in Bois-Colombes, a Paris suburb, after authorities received a tip from the public, prosecutors said. He is being held for questioning.

The first shooting happened in the lobby of the left-wing Liberation newspaper's offices, in the business district of La Defense, at 10.15 a.m. local time (4.15 a.m. ET) Monday, according to the paper's website.

The 23-year-old victim, who worked for the Liberation newspaper’s “Next” magazine as a photographer, was shot in the abdomen and arm.

Investigators believe the same gunman then fired at least three shots into the lobby of the suburban headquarters of Societe Generale in La Defense, about 6 miles west of the city center. 

Reuters contributed to this report. 


Paris shootings: Manhunt after gunman opens fire at newspaper office, bank