Paris: Attacker, officer dead, 3 wounded in Champs-Elysees shooting
An attacker with an automatic weapon opened fire on police on Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees on Thursday night, killing one officer and seriously wounding three others before police shot and killed him. A bullet hole is pictured on a shop window of the Champs Elysees. (Photo: AP)
Police and soldiers sealed off the area, ordering tourists back into their hotels and blocking people from approaching the scene.
A witness identified only as Ines told French television station BFM that she heard a shooting and saw a man's body on the ground before police quickly evacuated the area where she works in a shop.
The Islamic State group claimed the shooting, which happened three days before the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday where security is a major concern after a string of jihadist assaults since 2015.
Investigators found a pump-action shotgun and knives in the deceased gunman's car, who was known to the authorities as Karim Cheurfi.
Emergency vehicles blocked the wide avenue lined with shops that cuts across central Paris between the Arc de Triomphe and the Tuileries Gardens, normally packed with cars and tourists.
France's government has reviewed its already extensive election security measures and says it is "fully mobilized" in the wake of the Champs-Elysees gun attack on police officers.