Third terror alert in Paris as another gunman is on the loose – hours after female police officer was shot dead and street cleaner blasted in face as he grappled with ‘North African wielding rifle’
Workers in Paris’s business district La Defense received an email this morning, warning them to stay in their offices as an armed gunman had been spotted in the area, French newspaper Le Figaro reported.
The email was sent the same morning a police officer, named by Paris Match as Clarissa Jean-Philippe, 27, died after being attacked just before dawn in Montrouge, a suburb in the south of the French capital.
The street cleaner – who stepped in and confronted the gunman – is also said to be in a serious condition, after he was shot in the face. This shooting came less than 24 hours after the massacre at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, which left 12 dead – including two police officers.
It is not known if the two attacks are linked.
France’s top security official Bernard Cazenueve said that Ms Jean-Philippe – a trainee officer who was from the island of Martinique – had stopped to investigate a traffic accident when the firing started. The gunman is believed to have been driving one of the cars.
‘There was an officer in front of a white car and a man running away who shot,’ said Ahmed Sassi, who saw the shooting from his home nearby. He said the shooter wore dark clothes but no mask. ‘It didn’t look like a big gun because he held it with one hand,’ Sassi said.
The gunman – who is understood to have been armed with an M5 assault rifle – blasted the officer. The street cleaner who was shot in the face was one of two men who tried to grapple with the man during the incident, The Times reports.
The cleaner was said to be in a serious condition by one police source, while another said emergency services had tried to revive the police officer at the scene ‘but she was in a very bad way’.
Does everyone in Paris have a target on their back? Would the Imam say this is justified too?