BREAKING: Mass Christmas Market Shooting Hits At Least 11 Victims

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A gunman has been identified in the mass shooting that claimed at least 11 victims in a Christmas market shooting in Strasbourg, France Tuesday. According to reports, the shooter has not been apprehended, and locals are asked to be cautious until the manhunt comes to a close.

At least two of those 11 victims has been pronounced dead, with the other ten taken to area hospitals for treatments for various wounds.

AOL.com reports that:

“Police locked down the area and launched a hunt for the shooter, who fled the scene, the police sources said. They said the gunman had been identified. Local authorities told people in the city’s Neudorf area and Etoile park to stay where they were.”

A local business owner gave the following account of the tragedy:

“There were gunshots and people running everywhere. It lasted about 10 minutes.”

AOL continues:

“The Christmas market was being held amid tight security this year, with unauthorized vehicles banned from surrounding streets during opening hours and checkpoints set up on bridges and access points to search pedestrians’ bags.”

“A source at the prosecutor’s office said the motive for the shooting was not immediately clear and that an investigation was under way to see if it was terrorism-related.”

Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy tweeted the following message:

“Solidarity and support for the people of Strasbourg. Our support too for the security forces. We are united and determined to protect the French people.”