A man went on the full rampage in a park south of Paris Friday, killing a man who was out for a walk with his wife, injuring two other people before being shot dead by police, officials said.
The Paris police department said the man had attacked “several people” around lunchtime in the park in the suburb of Villejuif.
Some managed to evade him, but the man claimed at least one life that of a 56-year-old Villejuif local, according to the commune’s mayor Franck Le Bohellec.
The victim “was walking with his wife when the attacker approached; he wanted to protect his wife and it was he who received the knife blows,” the mayor explained.
According to a source close to the inquiry, another man was seriously wounded in the attack and a woman sustained light injuries.
The attacker fled and was later shot dead by police in the neighbouring suburb of Hay-les-Roses.
He had made his way to a shopping centre “where he seemingly intended to continue his attack,” Hay-les-Roses mayor Vincent Jeanbrun told BFMTV.
“Luckily the police were quickly alerted and made their way rapidly to the scene where they neutralised him by killing him,” Jeanbrun said.