According to the police, a chase began around 3:30 a.m. between two cars, until one blocked the other at exit 2 of the A507 ramp, at the level of the Merlan district. The occupants of the first vehicle then came out onto the roadway and fired at the occupants of the stuck vehicle.

The car in which the victims were traveling suffered multiple bullet holes, we learned from a source close to the case.

Two of the men in the car died on the spot: one of them, about 25 years old, was found on the ground, while the other, about 30 years old, was still in the car. Both were found in cardio-respiratory arrest.

A third man present in the car targeted by the shots, seriously injured, had multiple bullet holes on his limbs and in the back, added the same source familiar with the matter. Conscious at the time of his treatment, he was transported to hospital with a vital prognosis.

The emergency services and the police searched in vain for a fourth person who was in the vehicle, according to the statements of the injured, without being able to locate him.

The Marseille judicial police have been seized of the investigation.

Since the beginning of the year, 22 people have been shot dead in the Bouches-du-Rhône, and mainly in Marseille, most often against a backdrop of drug trafficking, according to an AFP count. The police headquarters no longer gives an official count of “settlements of accounts” related to drug trafficking, as in 2021, when it had identified 15.