/Priest shot at Orthodox church in Lyon, France

Priest shot at Orthodox church in Lyon, France

The assailant is on the run.

A Greek Orthodox priest was shot at a church in Lyon, France, at about 4 p.m. local time Saturday.

The priest, identified by French police as Nikolas Kakavelakis, was in critical condition, a spokesperson for the national police said. He is in care at a hospital, police said.

A search was underway for the assailant. One arrest had been made, but it is unclear if the arrested person is the shooter, according to police.

Two gunshots were fired from a hunting rifle, police said.

“An event is underway near the Jean-Macé sector, in the 7th arrondissement in Lyon,” the French Interior Ministry wrote on Twitter early Saturday afternoon. “Security and rescue forces are there. A security perimeter has been installed.”

The ministry added that people should avoid the area.

This attack comes as the nation is on high-alert after a terror attack at the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice this week.

The shooting is not being treated as a terrorist incident, although French anti-terrorist authorities were monitoring the case, according to the Associated Press.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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