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Frenchman Who Gunned Down Cops on Champs-Elysees ID'd, Carried Note Defending ISIS

Karim Cheurfi was fatally shot trying to flee the scene of the shooting

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    President Donald Trump offered condolences to France at a joint press conference with the Italian premier shortly after an attack shot and wounded three police officers near Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees. One officer was fatally shot. ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack. (Published Thursday, April 20, 2017)

    The gunman who killed a police officer and wounded two others in the heart of Paris before being killed himself was French and had a long criminal record, NBC News reported. 

    Karim Cheurfi, 39, was a Paris resident, according to a representative of the Paris prosecutor's office. The city's prosecutor said he was carrying a note defending ISIS, The Associated Press reported. 

    Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre Henry Brandet earlier told radio station France Info that officials found a shotgun and knives in the suspect's car, and three people from his family were being questioned.

    Cheurfi was fatally shot trying to flee the scene of the shooting on the Champs-Elysees Thursday, in which what French President Francois Hollande has called a terrorist attack.

    Police Respond to Reports of Shots Fired in Paris

    [NATL] Video Shows Police Response in Paris After Reports of Shots Fired

    Police Responded to reports of shots fired on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on April 20.

    Twitter user @yasmystic posted a video of police on the scene, and described hearing "a dozen gunshots and people yelling and running."

     

     

    (Published Thursday, April 20, 2017)