Man and woman die after shooting in Paris bar

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The young couple were shot at close range as they sat at a café terrace in a southern district of the capital, the gunman escaping.

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A man and a woman were shot dead at a Paris bar on Sunday evening by a gunman who then fled the scene. Police said the two were shot at point-blank range with one bullet each, labelling the crime as “mysterious”, reports FRANCE 24.

The shooting took place as the victims were sitting at the outside terrace of the Café Chineur, a bar located in the French capital's southern 14th arrondissement.

The victims tried to take refuge inside but the man died at the scene and the woman died as she was being taken to hospital, said police investigator Jean-Jacques Herlem.

Herlem called the shooting "mysterious" and said police did not yet know the motive.

"All hypotheses are obviously open. The investigation has just started," said a source close to the probe. The identities of the victims were not immediately given.

A leading candidate for Paris mayor who lives nearby, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, went to the scene after learning of the shooting from friends.

"My children go to two schools in the neighbourhood. I'm shocked," said Kosciusko-Morizet, who is running on the ticket of the UMP party in polls set for March.

"It's impossible not to make the connection with the growing concerns over security issues, even if we don't know anything at this stage," she told AFP.

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