Manhunt on for gunman who shot two workmates dead ‘after they called him rude’

Three-hundred police officers and soldiers are carrying out a desperate manhunt after a suspected killer shot two people dead at work after supposedly being told off for not saying "Good Morning".

The horrifying bloodbath took place at a sawmill in the village of Les Plantiers, in the south of France.

Police say Valentin Marcone, 29, a married father of a new born baby, went to work on Tuesday morning and was visibly "irritated and upset" shortly after arriving for his shift. He had recently been rowing over his working hours.

It is alleged after being called "rude", by his boss Luc Teissonnière, 55, Marcone took out a handgun and shot him three times in the head.

Prosecutor say his workmate, Martial Guerrin, 32, then tried to intervene, and he also was shot to death before Marcone fired at another colleague.

Marcone then fled into the mountainous countryside which surrounds Les Plantiers, which is in Cevennes national park. He was wearing a camouflage smock and has not been seen since. He is a registered hunter and is believed to own about a dozen weapons.

The Sun reports a police spokesman as saying: "He has disappeared into the mountains, and is still in possession of at least one handgun and plenty of ammunition. Some 300 police and soldiers are now actively engaged in the manhunt for the suspect, who knows the area very well, and can easily survive in isolated countryside."

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Eric Maurel, the Nimes prosecutor, said a double murder inquiry had been launched, and Marcone was the prime suspect.

He said he was "a very real danger to public safety" and said he should not be approached. Anyone who sees him should call the authorities immediately.

Mr Maurie said: "If I have a message to send him, it is to come to his senses, and to lay down his arms.

"He owes it to his family, and to those of his victims. Our hope is a peaceful surrender."

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