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 shooting comes just days before first-round votes in France’s closely watched presidential election, which is happening Sunday.
At the time of the shooting, all 11 presidential candidates were appearing on television.
NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley reports from the Champs Elysees that the avenue “has been completely cordoned off.
“People are not allowed on it any more. Traffic has stopped,” she says. “We just see police cars and vans with flashing lights, helicopters overhead.
“Obviously something has happened,” Eleanor says — but “nobody knows” exactly what.
“We’re three days before a presidential election,” Eleanor says. “The country’s on edge.”
The Associated Press, citing a Paris police spokeswoman, reports that the attacker “targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station Thursday night at the center of the avenue popular with tourists.”
Ogur Yilmaz told Eleanor he was leaving a cafe when he heard “two or three shots” and saw people fleeing.
“I was in a panic, and I ran too,” he said.
Police have not identified a motive in the attack.
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