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Paris police are warning residents to avoid the busy Champs-Élysées area in Paris, following reports of gunfire and at least two police officers being shot.

According to CNN affiliate BFMTV, one officer was killed in the shooting and the attacker was subsequently “taken down.”

CNN Paris correspondent Melissa Bell reported witnessing riot police on the scene:

Located in the heart of Paris, the Champs-Élysées is a world-famous avenue, hosting many different restaurants and businesses, as well as the Arc de Triomphe. Paris General Elections are scheduled to take place in just three days.

UPDATE [4/20/17, 4:03 p.m. EST]:

Citing a report from the French Interior Ministry, France 24 is reporting that the attacker has been killed.

UPDATE [4/20/17, 4:16 p.m. EST]:

Reuters is reporting shots fired at a new location in Paris near the Champs-Élysées.

UPDATE [4/20/17, 4:22 p.m. EST]:

Citing a police source, Reuters is reporting that the deceased gunman was known to French security services.

UPDATE [4/20/17, 4:25 p.m. EST]:

The second police officer wounded in the initial attack has died.

UPDATE [4/20/17, 4:39 p.m. EST]:

When asked about the attack in Paris during a press conference this afternoon, President Donald Trump said “it looks like another terrorist attack.”

UPDATE [4/20/17, 4:47 p.m. EST]:

French authorities have officially opened a terrorism investigation into the attack.

UPDATE [4/20/17, 4:51 p.m. EST]:

The French Interior Ministry has disputed earlier reports claiming a second officer has died.

UPDATE [4/20/17, 5:27 p.m. EST]:

Speaking about the attack, French President François Hollande describes it as “terrorist in nature.”

UPDATE [4/20/17, 5:40 p.m. EST]:

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack through their Amaq News Agency.

This is a developing story, and information will be updated as it becomes available. 

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