‘De­lib­er­ately’ tar­geted

One dead, one in­jured in Champs-El­y­sees at­tack

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The French In­te­rior Min­istry says the shooting at­tack on the famed Champs-El­y­sees boule­vard in Paris de­lib­er­ately tar­geted po­lice of­fi­cers guard­ing the area.

Min­istry spokesman Pier­reHenry Bran­det said on BFM tele­vi­sion that a man came out of a car and opened fire on a po­lice ve­hi­cle.

One of­fi­cer was killed and an­other was wounded.

Bran­det says the po­lice of­fi­cers were “de­lib­er­ately” tar­geted.

He says po­lice are se­cur­ing the area but there is “no other po­lice op­er­a­tion un­der­way” in the pop­u­lar area.

Bran­det says it’s too early to say whether the at­tacker might have had an ac­com­plice and said au­thor­i­ties are study­ing mul­ti­ple po­ten­tial mo­tives.

Paris po­lice and sol­diers sealed off the area around the Champs-El­y­sees af­ter the at­tack, or­der­ing tourists back into

their ho­tels and block­ing peo­ple from ap­proach­ing the scene.

Emer­gency ve­hi­cles blocked the wide av­enue that cuts across

cen­tral Paris be­tween the Arc de Tri­om­phe and the Tui­leries Gar­dens, nor­mally packed with cars and tourists.

Sub­way sta­tions in the area were closed off on Thurs­day night while po­lice se­cure the scene.

Se­cu­rity forces are more wide­spread in Paris since deadly Is­lamic ex­trem­ist at­tacks in re­cent years, and France re­mains un­der a state of emer­gency.

Speak­ing in Wash­ing­ton dur­ing a news con­fer­ence with Ital­ian Prime Min­is­ter Paolo Gen­tiloni, U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said the shooting in Paris “looks like an­other ter­ror­ist at­tack” and sent con­do­lences to France.

It was un­clear how Trump con­cluded that ter­ror­ism may have been a fac­tor. Paris po­lice had yet to an­nounce a mo­tive,

Trump is also of­fer­ing con­do­lences from the U.S. to the peo­ple of France.

He calls the at­tack a “ter­ri­ble thing” and says “it never ends.” He says peo­ple must be strong and vig­i­lant.

The at­tack came three days be­fore the first round of bal­lot­ing in France’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

AP PhoTo

Po­lice seal off the Champs El­y­sees in Paris af­ter a fa­tal shooting in which a po­lice of­fi­cer was killed along with an at­tacker.

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