Paris shooting leaves one policeman dead and another injured as ‘gunmen armed with AK47s’ open fire on the Champs-Élysée in Paris
The officers were gunned down in the central boulevard of the famous street at around 9pm local time
A POLICEMAN has died and another is injured after at least one gunman opened fire “with an AK47” in central Paris.
Cops have said the shooting, which took place at the central boulevard of the Champs-Élysée at around 9pm local time, could be a “terror attack”.
Mixed local news reports also suggest the shooting could have been a failed armed robbery.
Local police advised people to avoid the area as emergency services swarm the scene.
At least one attacker was shot, according to the Interior Ministry, but his condition is not clear. They added the motive remains unclear.
Unconfirmed reports suggest other shooters were involved.
Yvan Assioma of the police union Alliance said: “The exact circumstances are still unclear but I can confirm the tragic death of one of our colleagues. Our thoughts are very much with the family.
“One or several attackers have been shot dead by the police. Some officers were hit but the bullets were stopped by their bulletproof vests, but two were hit.
The shooting happened near the Métro station Franklin D Roosevelt and the Marks and Spencer store on the Champs-Elysées.
It is one of the most famous streets in the world and a busy tourist hub.
Armed police and emergency services have been spotted at the scene.
The shooting comes just just days ahead of France’s presidential election.
On Tuesday, days after police arrested two men in southern Marseille with weapons and explosives who were suspected of preparing an attack to disrupt the first-round of the presidential election on Sunday.
France is in a state of emergency and at its highest possible level of alert since a string of terror attacks that began in 2015, which have killed over 230 people.
Source: The Sun