Police in Paris have come under a direct attack by a terrorist with an automatic weapon. He reportedly began firing on a police van, killing one and injuring two. They returned fire and killed the attacker.
CNN – One police officer and an attacker have been killed in a shooting in Paris on Thursday, the French Interior Ministry said.
A car stopped at 102 Champs-Elysees, in front of a police van, ministry spokesman Pierre Henry Brandet said. A man emerged from the car and opened fire on the police van with an “automatic weapon,” he said. The police returned fire and killed the attacker.
One policeman was killed and two were injured. It’s not known if the attacker was a man or a woman.
CNN affiliate BFMTV also reported an unidentified man was hit by “cross-fire” in the Champs-Elysees area. BFMTV has not specified if the unidentified man was the attacker or a bystander.
Police Secretary Yvan Assioma told BFM there were “no theories” about whether this was a criminal act or an act of terror.
“We don’t have a precise idea of the origin of the shots fired,” he said. “One or more perpetrators were taken down by our colleagues, there was a cross fire.”
Here’s video of the area:
— Alexandre de Konn (@lexandredekonn) April 20, 2017
Trump has already responded, saying it looks like another terrorist attack:
— CNN International (@cnni) April 20, 2017
And the State Department has already issued another warning:
JUST IN: Emergency message from US State Dept. following shooting on Champs-Élysées in Paris. pic.twitter.com/V2UHbl1lYA
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) April 20, 2017
A second police officer has died:
The second policeman has died of wounds from the Paris shooting, according to police sources pic.twitter.com/wOyzslfptF
— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 20, 2017
It’s also being reported that the Paris attack was known to police…
A terrorism investigation has been opened:
BREAKING: French prosecutors have opened a terrorism investigation into the Champs-Elysees attack on Paris police officers.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 20, 2017
Attacker known for radical Islamist activities:
The Paris shooter was known to French security services for radical Islamist activities, a source close to the investigation told CNN.
The suspect, who was shot dead by French police, was the subject of a “Fiche S” surveillance file and was on the radar of the French domestic security service DGSI, the source said. French investigators now believe this was, in all likelihood, a terrorist attack, according to the source. They believe there was just one attacker, and the danger is likely over, the source said.