Orthodox priest seriously injured in Lyon shooting - police


A Greek was shot Saturday while he was closing his church in the French city of . The priest, a Greek citizen, is in a local hospital with life-threatening injuries after being shot twice in the abdomen, a police official told reporters.

An Orthodox priest in Lyon was shot and seriously wounded Saturday afternoon in the French city of Lyon, according to French police.

The attack occurred at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption in Lyon's 7th arrondissement around 4 p.m. local time (1500GMT) in the afternoon as the priest was closing the building.

"He was attacked by a single man who shot him twice," police officials said, according to French daily Le Figaro. The priest was shot twice in the stomach by the perpetrator who was armed with a sawed-off shotgun, the reports added.

Ludovic Cassier, a representative for the SGP Police Unit, described the assailant as "an individual of Mediterranean type who is about 1.9 m [6.2 feet] tall. He was dressed in a long black coat with a black cap, and seemed to be concealing a shotgun with sawn-off barrels under his coat. He used his weapon in the direction of the priest, and he fled."

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has issued a warning via Twitter that the police have cordoned off the area and are monitoring the situation.

"An event is underway in the Jean-Mace sector. Security and rescue forces are there. A security perimeter has been installed. Avoid the area and follow the instructions of the authorities."

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