Paris on lockdown after deadly hospital shooting as gunman flees on motorbike

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A man has died after a shooting outside a hospital in Paris, police say.

Two people were shot by an assailant outside the Henry Dunant private hospital in the 16th arrondissement on Monday afternoon at about 1:40pm, Reuters reports.

A police source said one person was dead, another was injured and being treated at the hospital in front of which they had been shot.

The attacker fled on a motorcycle, the source said, adding that nothing was known about the motive for the attack.

BFM television reported that the person killed is a man and the person injured is a woman who was working as a security agent for the hospital.

Neither person has been identified yet.

Officers have cordoned off the area and there is a significant police presence outside the hospital, according to both photos and footage of the scene.

Witnesses have described the incident as what looked like a "targeted assassination", the Mirror reports.

"It appears that the main target was a man, who was killed," said a investigating source.

"He was hit severely times in the head by the gunman who fired at point-blank-range."

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"The woman who was severely injured was a security guard who tried to intervene. She was very badly wounded."

Other witnesses said they had seen the victim ordering a cup of coffee in the area just before he was killed.

A probe has now been opened into the deadly shooting.

No further information has been released so far.

Henry Dunant, owned by the French Red Cross, is also currently being used as a Covid-19 vaccination centre. The vaccination centre was operating at the time of the shooting, according to reports.

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