France: Fatal shooting at Romani camp, six-month-old among the dead
A shooting in northern France today at a Romani camp in Roy resulted in four dead and three seriously injured. The dead include an infant and a woman.
Those seriously injured are one child, one police officer and the shooter himself. The motivation for the shooting is not yet clear.
The French regional daily Courrier Picard reports that the initial investigation said the incident was one of score-settling in a zone occupied by persons without permanent residency. However, other sources say the shooting did not begin until after police entered the camp.
According to Conflict News, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve's initial reaction was that the attack was racially motivated. France 24 reports the minister as stating that the assailant entered the camp and killed the infant, a man and a woman in cold blood.
Subsequent reports said the murderer is a member of the local community. "A drunken man from the community opened fire on a 40-year-old man, his stepdaughter and an infant," Cazeneuve later said according to French station BFM TV without providing details on the motivation for the shooting.
Three of those who died are from the local community, including the six-month old, and the fourth fatality was one of the police officers. Police and soldiers were called to the crime scene over concerns that a terrorist attack might be underway.
The gendarmes then exchanged gunfire with the alleged perpetrator and two officers were injured in that exchange, one of whom died after being transferred to hospital.The alleged perpetrator was injured in the exchange and arrested.
This is the first serious incident resulting in fatalities since Friday's attack on a high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris. That incident apparently involved an Islamist radical attempting to kill passengers who did not succeed.
- France: Roma immigrants evicted, travelling community kept from halting
- France: Legislation will end permits for travelling people
- France building a wall around Romani camping site
- France investing EUR 100 million into combating racism
- Czech football hooligans' racism against black player to be addressed by disciplinary commission
- French police brutally beat 14-year-old Romani boy during arrest, his family plan to sue
- The Central Council of German Sinti and Roma is deeply saddened by the death of Holocaust survivor and Roma civil rights activist Raymond Gurême
- Czech Agency for Social Inclusion: Those left out of distance learning could go to summer school
- France: Four Romani community members die of COVID-19, others are in critical condition
- Scientists confirm COVID-19 evolved in nature
- Germany: Anti-migrant xenophobic gunman kills 11 in horrifying spree, he and his mother then found dead
- EU Fundamental Rights Agency to publish results of research with Roma and Travellers in six EU Member States
- European Roma are sharing an online hoax from 2002 about poisonous cosmetic samples
- French court convicts six arsonists of attack on Romani people
- Czech Police charge adults who assaulted Romani children with three felonies including racial defamation
- International Romani Union expresses solidarity and sorrow over the fire at Notre Dame cathedral