MARSEILLE:- A young man and two teenagers were killed overnight on Sunday in a shoot-out in the southern French city of Marseille, known for its violent drug wars, a police source said. The victims, two 15-year-olds and a 24-year-old, were shot dead in an exchange of automatic weapons fire in Lauriers, one of the city’s most notorious estates. The group was standing around the foot of an apartment block when several individuals approached in two cars and opened fire, according to a judicial source.–AFP

Some 20 cartridges were found at the scene, and two burned-out cars were later discovered around 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Marseille.

The 24-year-old was known to police, according to the judicial source. The uncle of one of the victims told AFP he was the target.