France: Suspect detained in Lyon shooting


The Lyon Public Prosecutor's office announced Saturday the arrest of a suspect in the shooting of an Orthodox priest, according to French newspaper France24.

"A person who could correspond to the description given by the initial witnesses has been placed in police custody,” said Nicolas Jacquet, who added that the suspect had not been in possession of a weapon when he was arrested.

Father Nikolaos Kakavelaki, 52, is a Greek national and a priest at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption in Lyon's 7th arrondissement. He is in serious condition at a hospital after being shot at close range.

"He was attacked by a single man who shot him twice," authorities told the daily Le Figaro.

The attack occurred at 4 p.m. (1500GMT) as Kakavelaki was closing the church. He told law enforcement he did not know the attacker.

Lyon Mayor Gregory Doucet urged residents to be cautious following the attack

"My first thoughts are with the very seriously injured victim. The motivation is unknown. An investigation is underway. Let's be careful."