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Paris shooting: 2 police officers, 1 killed in shooting on Champs-Elysees

Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 4:59 PM EDT

 

PARIS — Paris police say a gunman has killed a police officer and wounded another before being killed himself in an attack on the Champs-Elysees shopping district.

Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told the Associated Press that the attacker targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station Thursday night at the center of the avenue popular with tourists.

A French government spokesman says the assailant used a “war weapon” to fire on officers.

A Paris resident said scores of tourists fled into the side streets when the shooting occurred.

French President Francois Hollande has scheduled an emergency meeting with Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve following the shootings.

The Paris prosecutor’s office said counterterrorism investigators are involved in the probe.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet says that police officers killed the attacker. He said one police officer was killed and two others were seriously injured and hospitalized.

Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert says unidentified gunman appeared to be alone when he allegedly opened fire on a police vehicle.

Shortly after the shooting, President Trump said the shooting “looks like another terrorist attack” during a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni Silveri at the White House.

“First of all our condolences to the people of France,” Mr. Trump said. “What can you say? It just never ends. We have to be strong and we have to be vigilant.”

Reuters reports police said the incident was likely “a terrorist act” and that police are searching the suspect’s home east of Paris.

Emergency vehicles blocked the wide avenue that cuts across central Paris between the Arc de Triomphe and the Tuileries Gardens, normally packed with cars and tourists.

Subway stations in the area were closed off on Thursday night while police secure the scene.

A police officer stands guard after a fatal shooting in which a police officer was killed along with an attacker on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, on Thu., April 20, 2017. French media are reporting that two police officers were shot Thursday on the famed shopping boulevard. Many police vehicles can be seen on the avenue that passes many of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

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Twitter user Massimo Cavazzini posted this video of police cars rushing to the scene:

Badi Ftaiti, a Tunisian-born mason who has spent three decades in Paris, said the attack…

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