France is hunting for a suspected extremist who sprayed gunfire near the famous Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg, killing three and wounding at least 11.

Police vehicles move at the center of the city of Strasbourg following a shooting, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Police vehicles move at the center of the city of Strasbourg following a shooting, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Emergency services patrol at the center of the city of Strasbourg following a shooting, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Emergency services patrol at the center of the city of Strasbourg following a shooting, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

The government raised the security alert level and sent police reinforcements to Strasbourg where some 250 security forces are searching for the assailant.

Emergency services patrol at the center of the city of Strasbourg following a shooting, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Emergency services patrol at the center of the city of Strasbourg following a shooting, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Emergency services patrol at the center of the city of Strasbourg which is close following a shooting, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Emergency services patrol at the center of the city of Strasbourg which is close following a shooting, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

The attacker is a 29-year-old with a police record in France and neighboring Germany who had been flagged for extremism. A terrorism investigation was opened.

France's Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, prepares to hold a press conference in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, prepares to hold a press conference in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
France's Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, center, speaks during a press conference in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, center, speaks during a press conference in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

While authorities urged people in the area to stay inside, Strasbourg Mayor Roland Ries told BFM television Wednesday that “life must go on” so that the city doesn’t cede to a “terrorist who is trying to disrupt our way of life.”

France's Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, center, prepares to hold a press conference in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, center, prepares to hold a press conference in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Basket ball supporters wait to leave after a match at the Rhenus Sport stadium in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Basket ball supporters wait to leave after a match at the Rhenus Sport stadium in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

Strasbourg is considered one of Europe’s capitals. It’s home to the European Parliament.

Source: The Associated Press

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