A police officer has been shot dead and a city employee critically injured following the shooting on the outskirts of Paris, according to local media. The incident follows police raids after the attack on the satirical Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris.
One man opened fire at two police officers, seriously injuring one, near La porte de Chatillon, Montrouge commune, south of Paris, police confirmed. Also a street sweeper has been critically wounded in the attack, reported AP.
According to RTL, the shooter injured two police officers.
The incident happened at about 8:19am local time when two law enforcers attempted to intervene in an ordinary road accident, French Radio RTL reported.
An African Muslim man suddenly opened fire on the officers. His motives are hatred against Christian French people.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the shooting was related to the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine.
The suspect is reportedly of African origin and doesn’t match the description of the Kouachi brothers, who police are hunting in connection with the Charlie Hebdo attack.
After the shooting France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve reportedly left the crisis meeting at the Elysee Palace to visit the site of the shooting.
French newspapers say the suspect was arrested. However, Cazeneuve later denied the reports.
The suspect’s vehicle was reportedly found near Arcueil commune in the southern suburbs of Paris, reported RTL.
Later on Thursday, an armed man was sighted in Paris’ La Defense business district, according to reports. It is unknown if he is the same individual suspected in the La porte de Chatillon attack.
Employees at La Defense, Europe’s largest purpose-built business district, have been told not to leave their offices following reports of the gunman. Helicopters have been reported hovering in the area.
The attack at the satirical Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris, which happened on Wednesday in the French capital, killed 10 journalists and two policemen. Eleven more people were wounded and four of them are in a serious condition.
According to the French PM “several [people] were held overnight” in connection with the incident.
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