ISIS has claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack on the Champs-Élysées in Paris today in which a police officer was killed and two others were seriously injured by a gunman before he was shot dead.
Fox News reports that Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert said the shooter targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station along the heavily-trafficked avenue. No tourists or pedestrians were injured.
The French Interior Ministry said the shooting attack "deliberately targeted" the police officers. Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the gunman exited a car and opened fire on a police vehicle with an automatic firearm akin to a "war weapon."
One witness told French television that she heard a shooting and saw a man's body on the ground. Another told the AP that the gunfire panicked tourists, who were "were running, running....Some were crying. There were tens, maybe even hundreds of them."
French President Francois Hollande said he is convinced it was a terrorist act. "We need to realize our security, law enforcement forces targeted have the full support of the nation." he said in an address.
"We shall be of the utmost vigilance, especially in relation to the election," he added, referring to the first round of balloting in France's presidential election in three days.
In an unusually swift statement from its Amaq news agency, ISIS named the attacker as Abu Yusuf al Beljiki, suggesting he might be Belgian. Police sources said that the attacker was known by the French secret service as an extremist, and that his home is currently being searched.
Paris police and soldiers have sealed off the area around the Champs-Elysees, and French prosecutors have opened a terrorism investigation into the attack on the officers, which took place at 9 p.m. local time.
During a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, President Trump offered his country's condolences to France and said the shooting "looks like another terrorist attack... What can you say? It never ends," he lamented.