French police investigate at a restaurant in Paris where a man and a woman were shot dead at close range before the shooter fled the scene. Photo: AFP
Paris: A man and a woman have been shot dead at a Paris bar by a gunman who then fled.
The two were shot at point-blank range on Sunday night with one bullet each as they were in the outside terrace of the bar in a residential part of the French capital's southern 14th arrondissement, or district. They then tried to take refuge inside but succumbed to their wounds.
The police crimes squad is handling the investigation.
The identities of the victims were not immediately given.
The motive behind the killings is also unknown.
"All hypotheses are obviously open. The investigation has just started," said a source close to the police probe.
France occasionally sees deadly score-settling by armed criminals in bars, most often in southern cities such as Marseille, but sometimes also in Paris, though in places well away from the heavily policed centre favoured by tourists.
Deadly disputes sometimes also erupt between couples, though not often involving firearms.