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Corsican shooter kills 1, 6 injures suicide, officials say



An elderly man who opened fire on pedestrians on the French island of Corsica, killed one person and injured six others, committed suicide, officials said late Wednesday.

The Corse-Matin newspaper identifies the shooter as 66-year-old Joseph Orsoni, and reports that he had killed himself in an attempt to negotiate with the local police.

The police said the gunman shot out at 4:25 pm local time in the town of Bastia in Montesoro. Mayor Pierre Savelli and French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner confirmed shortly before midnight that officers from the elite police unit RAID had found the man on the third floor of an apartment block where he had barricaded himself dead.

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The authorites described the man as a sniper who attacked both passers-by and members of the security forces. The authorities said a police officer was among the injured.

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The police said there was no indication that the suspect's actions were related to terror. Local media reported that the man was known to the police because he had previously had problems with his neighbors.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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