PARIS ( Associated Press) — The suspect in the deadly attack on three Kurds in Paris told detectives he intended to kill migrants or foreigners and then commit suicide, prosecutors said.
A 69-year-old man shot dead three people and wounded three others outside a Kurdish cultural center on Friday, the Paris prosecutor’s office said on Sunday.
He was arrested on the spot and shifted to a psychiatric center on Saturday. His identity has not been revealed yet. If released from the psychiatric facility, he could face charges of racially motivated murder, attempted murder and illegal possession of weapons.
Prosecutors said in a statement that the suspect told detectives that a 2016 burglary at his home was a turning point for what he described as a “xenophobia that became a full-blown pathology.”
The attack in a busy Paris neighborhood has shocked the Kurdish community and raised fears of hate crimes at a time when far-right groups have risen to prominence in France and across Europe.
According to prosecutors, the man told officers he first brought his weapon to the suburb of Saint-Denis on Friday morning with the intention of killing the foreigners, but later changed his mind. So she went to the Kurdish Center in Paris, which is close to where her parents live.
There he opened fire on a woman and two men, entered a Kurdish-owned hair salon across the street, and shot three men. One of the men managed to detain her until police arrived, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office.
The suspect told officers that he did not know his victims but that he considered “all non-European foreigners his enemies,” according to the statement.
Zeynep Bilginsoy contributed to this story from Istanbul.