As France begins its presidential debates for its upcoming election, the most popular shopping district in Paris, Champs-Élysées, was the scene of another deadly shooting. The first round of balloting in France takes place in just a couple of days, with one popular candidate vowing to crack down on Muslim refugees. Like growing attacks here in the United States, the gunman is believed to have deliberately targeted police officers, killing one and wounding two others.
A police officer was killed and two were seriously injured when a gunman opened fire late Thursday on the famed Champs-Élysées shopping district in Paris before he was shot dead, officials said.
Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told The Associated Press that the attacker, who is believed to have acted alone, targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station at the center of the avenue popular with tourists.
The French Interior Ministry said the shooting attack “deliberately targeted” police officers guarding the area. Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said on BFM television that a man came out of a car and opened fire on the police vehicle.
President Trump called the shooting another act of terrorism, but French officials, who say the shooter is known to the French Secret Service are not saying if it is an act of terrorism or not. Since this shooting took places just days after several others in France, chances are it will be eventually deemed to be the act of a terrorist.