Paris (CNN) -- Two French soldiers died and a third
was critically injured after being shot by a black-clad man wearing a
motorcycle helmet in the southwestern French city of Montauban, the
French Defense Ministry said Thursday.
The defense ministry corrected its earlier report that all three soldiers had died.
"The last one is not
dead, but he is in a very bad state," said ministry spokeswoman Natalie
Neveu. The third soldier was hospitalized in Toulouse, she said.
Two of the soldiers, aged 24 and 26, died at the scene of the shooting, officials said earlier.
The three soldiers were
at a commercial center when the man approached them, pulled a gun and
started firing, city police commander Charles Cauquil told CNN.
The police and army were seeking the shooter, who fled the scene after the attack.
The three soldiers belonged to the 17th parachute regiment stationed in Montauban, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.
The judiciary police in Toulouse were investigating the shooting, Cauquil said.
Montauban, capital of the Tarn-et-Garonne area, is about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Toulouse.
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