Baby, policeman shot in French gypsy camp

A man has shot and killed four people, including a baby and a policeman, at a gypsy camp in northern France.

Three other people, including the gunman, were seriously wounded in Tuesday’s attack, which took place in the northern town of Roye, about 110 kilometres north of Paris.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters three people had been killed “in cold blood” including a six-month-old baby, a man and a woman.


A policeman who was badly wounded in the attack later died of his injuries, and a three-year-old child and another policeman were both said to be in serious condition.

The toddler went into cardiac arrest and has been put under ventilatory support, local authorities said.

According to witnesses, a fight erupted in the camp and a man, who may have been drunk, started shooting when police turned up to investigate.

The gunman was also said to be in serious condition.

President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls expressed shock over the incident, sending their condolences to the families of the dead and wounded.

“My thoughts are with the families, with the victims and the policeman killed in the service of France,” said Valls on Twitter.