French authorities shot a man after he reportedly attacked an officer with a hammer outside the Notre-Dame cathedral in the center of the city of Paris.
Investigators have now declared an “act of terror,” after a French officer was hit over the head with a hammer. Following the Notre-Dame Cathedral attack, officers fired several shots, hitting the attacker in the chest just outside the cathedral, as reported by the BBC. The man was transported to the hospital. The officer was also wounded.
The area around the cathedral was on lockdown as authorities investigated. French police began to warn the public to stay away from the area in a tweet as they responded to the incident outside the cathedral. French U.S. embassy also took to Twitter to alert American citizens to “avoid the area and follow the advice of authorities” following the incident.
⚠️Security Message: ongoing security incident at Notre Dame Cathedral – U.S. citizens should avoid the area & follow advice of authorities
— U.S. Embassy France (@USEmbassyFrance) June 6, 2017
Over 900 people were reportedly inside the cathedral when the incident unfolded. Many of those people took to social media, saying that they were “trapped” inside. One person in the cathedral said officers instructed them to “raise their hands.”
Police asking everyone to raise their hands in the church pic.twitter.com/y5KkyWqdWK
— Matthew CurrieHolmes (@mch2k) June 6, 2017