Strasbourg Shooting: Everything We Know After Gunman Opens Fire at Christmas Market Leaving Multiple Fatalities

At least two people have been killed and eight more injured after a gunman opened fire at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday night. The public prosecutor in Paris has declared the attack to be an act of "terrorism," adding that an inquiry had been opened into "murder and attempted murder."

Despite police saying he had been injured in a shootout with a soldier, the gunman was still on the run as of Tuesday evening, with the city center on lockdown. Authorities said the suspect was known to them and had been flagged as a potential extremist, according to the Associated Press.

Several of those injured in the attack were said to be in a critical condition.

Residents of the city reported hearing multiple shots fired in the city center, with local journalist Bruno Poussard tweeting that there had been a dozen shots fired on his street, according to the BBC.

Strasbourg's Christmas market receives millions of tourists each year and the city is currently home to the European Parliament.

"[A] decision has been taken, as a precautionary measure, to close the European Parliament building in Strasbourg," read a message sent to members of the European Parliament. "We ask you to stay calm and safe within [European parliament] premises."

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a tweet: "My thoughts are with the victims of the shooting, which I firmly condemn. Strasbourg is like no other a city which is a symbol of peace and European democracy."

The President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani extended his sympathies to the victims but added that the legislature "will not be intimidated by terrorist or criminal attacks."

French President Emmanuel Macron, who had been dealing with the fallout from violent protests across the county, cut short a ministerial meeting on Tuesday night.

France has been targeted by a number of attacks in recent years, including a wave of shootings and attempted bombings across Paris in November 2015. A Christmas market in Berlin as also the target of a truck attack in 2016.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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Police motorcycles drives in the streets of Strasbourg, eastern France, after a shooting breakout, on December 11. FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images
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