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One police officer killed, two injured in Paris shooting

Society 21.04.2017 | 09:38
Photo: Xinhua
Photo: Xinhua

PARIS, 21 April (BelTA - Xinhua) - One police officer was killed, and two others severely injured in a shooting incident Thursday evening on the Champs Elysees shopping street in Paris, authorities said.

The gunman, armed with a machine gun, got out of a car and opened fire at the police in front of the store on the street, reports quoted a witness as saying.

He then began running away and injured two other officers before got shot in an exchange of fire with the police.

The police are currently collecting statements from the various witnesses who were at the scene when the incident occurred, to verify the presence of a second assailant.

The Champs Elysees street was closed off shortly after the shooting, while a helicopter started patrolling the area.

Police vehicles with flashing lights were seen lining up along the street, and passengers were told to move away from the area.

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