An attacker opened fire on police in Paris’ iconic Champs-Élysées shopping district Thursday night, killing one officer and wounding two others and a bystander before police shot and killed him.
The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.
Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told the Associated Press that the attacker targeted officers guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station at the center of the avenue, which is popular with tourists. She said he appeared to be acting alone.
Police and soldiers sealed off the area, ordering tourists back into their hotels and blocking people from approaching the scene. The Paris prosecutor’s office said counterterrorism investigators are involved in the probe.
French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said on BFM television that a man came out of a car and opened fire on a police vehicle. He said officers were “deliberately” targeted. (AP)