One police officer is dead and two seriously wounded after a shooting on Paris’ famous Champs Elysees, in an incident that left one attacker dead. The assailant reportedly targeted a police vehicle. Authorities say a bystander was also wounded.
French prosecutor Francois Molins has said the authorities have identified the shooter and are assessing whether the attacker had accomplices. Raids and searches were ongoing, Molins said.
ISIS very quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, through the group’s semi-official news agency Amaq, reports the SITE intelligence group.
French President Francois Hollande had already said that the authorities suspect the attack was “of a terrorist nature,” according to a French 24 translation of his news conference Thursday night. He says counterterrorism authorities are investigating.
The shooting comes just days before first-round votes are cast Sunday in France’s closely watched presidential election. At the time of the shooting, all 11 presidential candidates were appearing on television.