The shots that echoed in this district of Nantes shocked several residents. Three young men, aged 18 and 19, were seriously injured by firearms after gunfire broke out Wednesday afternoon in the west of Nantes (Loire-Atlantique), we learned from the firefighters and source policewoman.

The three victims were evacuated in absolute urgency to the Nantes University Hospital, indicate in a press release the firefighters of Sdis 44 who say they intervened around 3:45 pm in the district of Breil to help “several victims by firearm”.

According to firefighters, the first victim, aged 19, presents “a bullet wound through the thorax” while the second, aged 18, presents “a bullet impact on the scapula and legs “. The third victim, aged 18, presents “a wound to the lower limbs”.

Shocked, a 63-year-old woman who witnessed the shooting was finally left behind after being taken care of by rescuers. According to firefighters, a vehicle that could be that of the attackers was found on fire in a street in the Tillay district.

A witness to the scene “saw a man get out of a car, according to his account in Ouest-France, then open fire with a long weapon, which fired in a burst”. The neighborhood was cordoned off and many CRS were dispatched to the area.

In the evening, a police source confirmed that “shots, with submachine gun type firearms, were fired in the Breil district”. Immediately there are “several injured and the perpetrator is on the run,” the same source said. The criminal brigade of the judicial police.

According to Nantes public prosecutor Renaud Gaudeul, the three victims, aged 18 and 19, are “three young people of Chechen origin”. According to initial findings, “about twenty 9mm cases were found on the spot,” the prosecutor said.

On September 22, 43 shootings and eight gunshot wounds had already been recorded in Nantes in 2021. They are now eleven, counts the regional daily.