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Two police officers and at least one other person were shot on the Champs-Elysees, a major street in Paris, authorities tell BFM TV.
One of the officers was killed, authorities said.
The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear. Witnesses reported on Twitter that police swarmed the area. Helicopters could be seen circling above.
This is a developing story and will be updated. Here is what we know so far:
1. The Other Officer Was Seriously Wounded in the Shooting
The two police officers were seriously injured, according to BFM TV. At least one gunman fired at the officers, who returned fire, BFM TV reports.
The condition of the third person shot was not immediately known. A photo from the scene, which you can see above, appears to show a wounded person.
2. Police Warned People to Stay Away From the Area
🔴 Nous vous conseillons d’éviter le secteur des Champs Élysées
— Préfecture de police (@prefpolice) April 20, 2017
The local police department tweeted that people should avoid the area.
Witnesses reported seeing dozens of officers at the scene, while helicopters circled above. It is not clear if they were searching for suspects.
3. Witnesses Described Panic Near the Scene
Je n ai jamais vécu une telle scène de panique on s est réfugié dans des bureaux toutes les tables renversées par des gens pris de panique
— Julien Courbet (@courbet_julien) April 20, 2017
Witnesses on Twitter said they heard several gunshots near the scene.
One witness said people panicked, overturning tables and ducking for cover.
4. Police Have Not Released Any Details About the Gunman or Gunmen
Police have not yet released any details about the gunman or the gunmen. It is not clear if the shooter or shooters was wounded at the scene.
The motive for the attack is also not known.
5. The Shooting Comes Just Days Before France Is Set for the First Round of Its Presidential Election
The shooting comes just days before France is set to vote in the first round of its presidential election.
The threat of terrorism has been a key topic during the campaign. Authorities announced earlier this week that a possible attack plot was thwarted recently.
is a reporter and editor for Heavy.com. Tom was a breaking news reporter at the Connecticut Post and an editor at the Register Citizen and New Haven Register. He can be reached by email at Tom.Cleary@Heavy.com. Follow him on Twitter @tomwcleary.
April 20, 2017 3:37 pm