PARIS (RNN) – A gunman killed one police officer and wounded another before he was himself shot dead in what police are saying is probably a terrorist attack in the heart of Paris.
The attacker was armed with an AK-47, according to a German reporter.
There is a massive police presence on the Champs-Elysees and people have been warned to stay away from the area.
The Champs-Elysees is a long avenue where the Arc de Triomphe is located, and is known for its high end shops, restaurants and theaters. The Tour de France ends at this location.
The attacks come three days before the French presidential election. The shooting started during the last TV show with all 11 presidential candidates before the first round of the election on Sunday, according to a tweet from Mathieu von Rohr, the deputy foreign desk head of Der Spiegel.
There are eleven total candidates, but the five front runners include Francois Fillon, Benoit Hamon, Marine Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron and Jean-Luc Melenchon.
If no candidate claims a majority in the first round – which is likely – there will be a run-off election between the top two candidates on May 7.
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