Two dead in a shooting in the French city of Marseille

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A woman and a man in their twenties died and three other people were injured in a shooting occurred late Saturday in Marseillesin the south of France, the prosecutor's office told AFP.

"The five people were in their car in the parking lot of a McDonald's when a vehicle stopped next to them and shot them with a Kalashnikov," Marseille prosecutor Nicolas Bessone said on Sunday.

The three passengers in the back, two men and a woman, were injured, he added.

The three men were known to the justice system for drug trafficking and violence in the region of the city ​​of Toulon (south), stated Bessone. The women had no criminal records.

The shooting took place shortly before 11:00 p.m. local time (22:00 GMT) in the 16th arrondissement of Marseille, one of the poorest areas of France's second largest city.

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The policewhich found 7.62-millimeter ammunition casings used in rifles Kalashnikovlaunched an investigation for murder and attempted murder in an organized gang.

There are still fears for the life of one of the injured, a 29-year-old man hit by bullets in the chest, while one of the women lost her thumb and the third passenger in the back only suffered minor injuries.

A vehicle that could "probably" belong to the shooters was found burned near the scene of the attack, according to the prosecutor's office.

In recent years, Marseilles has been the scene of increasing violence related to drug trafficking, with more than 45 people killed so far this year.

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