UPDATE: The Islamic State or ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack that killed a police officer on Paris’ Champs-Elysees.
UPDATE: Reuters reports that France’s Interior Ministry says second police officer is not dead despite prior reports; two police officers are seriously wounded.
April 20, 2017 Two police officer were killed in a shooting on famed Champs Elysees Thursday evening. French authorities say they believe the incident is a terrorist attack.
Paris’ busy Champs-Elysées, one of the most famous streets in the world has been closed and French authorities are asking the public to stay away. French police tweeted:
Police intervention underway in the area of the #ChampsElysees avoid the sector and follow the instructions of the police forces.”
French authorities killed one shooter and believe a second shooter may still be on the run after another shooting was reported in a shopping mall near the Champs Elysees.
The officer who was killed was reportedly sitting in a car stopped at a red light when the attack happened.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs warned American citizens to avoid the area after the shooting on the boulevard, a popular tourist attraction lined with shops, restaurants and theaters and ending with the famed Arc de Triomphe.
Paris has been in a state of heightened alert after several recent terrorist attacks. On Tuesday, French authorities announced the arrests of two men in the southern port city of Marseille, who they claim were plotting an imminent terror attack.
With the first round of the country’s Presidential election , next week, the French government plans to employ more than 50,000 police and soldiers to safeguard the ballot.
National security has been a key issue for France’s presidential candidates. U.S. President Donald Trump weighed in Thursday’s shooting in Paris saying it looks like another “terrorist attack,” but Paris police have not yet officially announced a motive.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."