CNN is reporting the Champs-Elysées has been closed down following a shooting with at least one reported dead:
One police officer and an attacker have been killed in a shooting in Paris on Thursday, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV and the French Interior Ministry.
BFMTV also reports another police officer was seriously injured and an unidentified man was hit by “cross-fire” in the the Champs-Elysées area. BFMTV has not specified if the unidentified man was the attacker or a bystander.
French police tweeted, “Police intervention underway in the area of the #ChampsElysees avoid the sector and follow the instructions of the police forces.”
France has been on a heightened state of alert following other such situations, both in France and other European cities, most recently Stockholm. No word yet on the motive or whether this was a terrorist attack.
This is a developing story, with more to come as details are known.[Note: This post was written by Marie Stroughter. Follow her on Twitter @MarieStroughter]