Three dead and one woman seriously injured. This is the horror scene that the police discovered on Sunday afternoon when they entered an apartment in the Waron housing estate in Saint-Brieuc (Côtes-d’Armor). According to the first elements, a 24-year-old man shot and killed his 22-year-old partner and their 3-year-old daughter and seriously injured his partner’s mother. He then killed himself by turning the gun on himself. This Tuesday afternoon, the public prosecutor Nicolas Heitz held a conference to discuss the investigation. 20 minutes make the point.
What happened in this apartment?
It was neighbors who gave the alert on Sunday around 4 p.m. after hearing detonations. Arrived at the scene of the tragedy, the police first discovered a seriously injured woman in this two-room apartment, located at 11 rue Célestin Bouglé. In the main room, they then found a man lying on the ground, his skull blown open by gunfire and with a shotgun nearby. In the kitchen, a 22-year-old woman, spouse of the individual discovered in the living room, was also found dead by firearm as well as a three-year-old girl, fatally shot in the face in her bedroom.
Seriously injured, the first woman discovered in the apartment was taken to hospital in Brest. “Her condition required two surgeries and massive blood transfusions,” said the public prosecutor, adding that she had suffered “facial trauma and serious trauma to the right leg of ballistic origin. “She has not yet been able to be heard by the investigators. The latter, however, managed to determine that the three victims had been hit by shots “made at close range. “The three bodies presented lead, in quantity, in the cranial box”, specified Nicolas Heitz, adding that “additional technical investigations are in progress to determine the exact firing distances and to ensure that the individual of sex male is indeed the author. »
Who is the alleged perpetrator of the fatal shootings?
He is a 24-year-old man, born in Tunisia and who had been present on national territory since the beginning of 2020. According to the public prosecutor, he was in a regular situation, “benefiting from a resident card valid until 2031. ” He had met his partner, with whom he had had a daughter, in August 2016 on social networks when the young woman was still a minor, then the couple married in 2019 in Tunisia before settling in France. At the time of the tragedy, the father of the family was working at the departmental council of Côtes-d’Armor as an apprentice electrician while his companion was not currently working. Holder of the hunting license, the young man was unknown to the police and the justice system and his criminal record was clean.
Where is the investigation?
After this tragedy, investigators are still struggling to put together all the pieces of the puzzle. In this, the testimony of the mother of the companion, “if possible, will obviously be decisive”, underlined Nicolas Heitz during the press briefing. The latter, however, indicated that the couple had been in the process of separation since mid-December at the request of the young woman who “had recently returned to live with her child with her parents. “They were moving,” the prosecutor continued. The investigations tend to show that he lived alone in a new accommodation. However, no request for divorce had been made.