PARIS (AP) — An unidentified gunman shot and wounded an imam and one other person Thursday in front of a mosque in the western French city of Brest, then killed himself, police said.
The motive for the attack is unclear. France’s interior minister ordered security tightened at places of worship around the country.
The shooter fired at two people then fled the scene in a car, according to a national police spokesman. The shooting took place in front of the Mosquée Sunna de Brest, on France’s Atlantic Coast.
Police launched a manhunt, but soon found the attacker’s Renault Clio car in a nearby neighborhood — and nearby lay the attacker, who had shot himself in the head, the spokesman said. The manhunt was called off, as police do not suspect the attacker had accomplices.
The two wounded people were hospitalized but “are doing OK,” the police spokesman said. He was not authorized to be publicly named.