Apr 20, 2017

Paris gunman was previously flagged as extremist

Kamil Zihnioglu / AP

The as-yet-unnamed suspect killed in an attack that left one police officer dead and a second "severely" wounded was previously known to authorities and had been flagged as a extremist. Police have issued a warrant for a second suspect, who Reuters reports arrived in France from Belgium.

What we know about the attack:

  • A car pulled up alongside a police vehicle and a man "immediately" emerged and began firing.
  • Interior Ministry spokesman: "An automatic weapon was used against police, a weapon of war."
  • ISIS has claimed responsibility.
  • The massive police response included the closing of the Champs-Élysées.
  • France will go to the polls Sunday in the presidential election, with terrorism a top issue.
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