A gunman opened fire late Thursday on the Champs-Elysees shopping district in Paris. The attacker targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station at the center of the avenue popular with tourists. One police officer was killed and another two were seriously wounded but the officers stopped the gunman in early stage of his action.
The attacker was shot dead by police. It’s believed the gunman used a car which was found abandoned. The area was quickly evacuated by police and authorities warned people in the heart of the French capital to avoid the area after the shooting. Several metro stations were closed. France has been in a state of emergency following the previous attacks in the last year. “An imminent and violent attack” was predicted after two terror suspects were arrested in Marseille on Tuesday and an arsenal of weapons and bomb-making equipment were found. The actual attack came three days before the first round of balloting in France's presidential election. Some commentators believe it can influence voters. Sources declared there were several assailants, some of whom were still at large. Informed about the attack in France, the US president has said: "It looks like another terrorist attack. What can you say? It never ends."