After having sowed panic on “the most beautiful avenue in the world”, the mad shooter of the Champs-Elysées who injured several passers-by been put out of harm’s way? “A person is currently in police custody,” the Paris prosecutor’s office told the Parisian, specifying that an investigation has been opened and that the investigations have been entrusted to territorial security.
The man, of Russian nationality, was born in 1988. He is suspected of having shot passers-by on several occasions. Four were affected, mostly young men in their twenties.
Among them, Hissam, a young man from Rosny-sur-Seine (Yvelines), came to spend the evening with his friends on the Champs-Elysées, last weekend. At the Parisian, he told that when leaving, around four in the morning, he heard a “slight detonation” followed a few minutes later by a sharp pain in the thigh.
A very discreet shooter
Supported by the emergency services, he was transported to Ambroise-Paré hospital, in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine), where he was operated on Sunday. He got away with crutches and great luck, as the bullet went right next to the femoral artery. “We hadn’t had any altercation in the previous minutes, nothing, not even a sideways look. Besides, there was hardly anyone in the streets, ”he testified.
It was by targeting another victim that the stranger equipped with a pellet gun was identified this weekend. In the night from Saturday to Sunday, around 3:30 am, a man targeted by shots, which did not injure him, indeed had time to locate the suspect’s firing station.
The man was targeting passers-by … from the window of his home on the fourth floor of an apartment on Avenue George V, according to a police source. On the spot, he was caught in the act, then arrested, not without having tried to escape the police, around 4.30am. His 23-year-old companion was present at the home during the arrest.