Just days prior to one of France’s biggest Presidential elections, Paris’ famous and busiest Avenue des Champs-Elysées has been shut down, as CNN affiliate BFMTV reported shots fired Thursday night, 9:30 p.m. local time. Two policeman have been targeted; one seriously injured, and the other pronounced dead.
French Police have confirmed the suspect has been killed, and they believe the attack was terrorist-based. As multiple security vehicles patrol the area, officials have warned citizens to avoid the avenue and surrounding areas as an investigation is underway.
The shooting, which comes three days before the Presidential elections, happened just blocks away from the Presidential Palace. Aside from the barricading of the avenue, the country itself has remained on high alert following the 2015 Paris attacks.
A similar event hit the historic avenue in November of 2013 after a white gunman, laced with grenades and toting a shogun, opened fire on offices of the daily paper, Liberation, and the Societe Generale headquarters.
#PressPlay above to catch CNN’s coverage and the video below of a Parisian native’s perspective live on the scene.