Gunfight in Front of Deputy Mayor’s Home
PARIS (AP) _ Three men and a woman exchanged gunfire early today with police guarding the Left Bank home of the deputy mayor of Paris. Two of the assailants were wounded, and all four were arrested, police said.
One of the wounded was reported in serious condition.
Investigators said no terrorist group appeared implicated in the attack in front of Deputy Mayor Jean Tiberi’s home in the Place Pantheon. They said none of the four, whose names were not disclosed, was on any police list of terrorists, but that one had a record of petty crime.
A radical leftist group called Direct Action has carried out political assassinations and bombings in Paris and other French cities.
The police said the four apparently left a restaurant where they had been drinking and without warning opened fire at 3 a.m. on two police guards in front of the residence.
The guards, who were wearing bulletproof vests, fired back and the assailants fled in their nearby car.
A chase took place and there was another exchange of fire before police arrested the three men in the Place d’Italie in the 13th district. The woman fled on foot but was caught shortly afterwards.
The deputy mayor, Jean Tiberi, praised the police guards for being ″courageous and efficient.″ He said he did not hear the shooting because his bedroom windows are on the other side of the building.