PARIS, FRANCE (CBSMiami) — Police in Paris are investigating a shooting, which ISIS has claimed responsibility for, that targeted two police officers near one of the city’s popular landmarks.
French police said a man shot and killed a police officer while seriously injuring two other before police shot and killed him in Paris’s Champs-Elysees shopping district late Thursday evening.
The French Interior ministry says the gunman emerged from a car and deliberately targeted the officers who were inside a police vehicle near a subway station.
Police shot and killed the gunman shortly after the attack, and said he was known to authorities.
Officers are also investigating reports of shots fired near the scene about an hour after the first incident.
At the White House, President Donald Trump offered his condolences and condemned the shooting as an apparent act of terrorism during a join press conference with Italy’s prime minister.
“Again, it’s happening, it seems….A very, very terrible thing happening in the world today,” said President Trump.
So far, French police have not confirmed the incident was terror-related, but have opened a terrorism investigation.
French President Francois Holland spoke shortly after the shooting.
“I am deeply sad tonight,” said the president.
He confirmed anti-terrorist forces are leading the investigation.
“The people who were present have been evacuated and we are convinced that the leads which point us to this case, and which will allow us to uncover the truth, are of a terrorist nature,” he said.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claimed responsibility for the attack, CBS News reports.
Police have ordered tourists to return to their hotel rooms. The shooting comes just three days before the first round of balloting in France’s presidential election.