SEVERAL people, including a child, were injured following a shooting in Lille, France.

French reports say there were several shots fired near the Porte d'Arras metro station in northern France at around 9.50pm (local time).

At least three people received wounds all over their bodies, including a 14-year-old, according to French news site La Voix Du Nord.

The shooting sparked fears of a terror attack because it was so close to a metro station and came only days after a man attacked a police officer at Paris Orly Airport.

But police said they do not consider the case to be terror-related, France Bleu Nord reported. Officers found about 10 bullet shells on the scene, the outlet said.

The shooter is still reported to be on the loose.

It comes as France remains in a high state of alert following a series of Islamist terror attacks during the past 12 months.

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