The investigation into yesterday’s fatal police shooting in Paris has led authorities to the suburban home of the 39-year-old suspect, who was shot dead at the scene.
According to officials, the killer, named in reports as Karim C, and using the alias ‘Abu Yousuf the Belgian,’ was armed with an automatic firearm akin to a “war weapon.”
ISIS immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, naming the shooter Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki, which suggests that he was Belgian or had lived in Belgium.
Searches by masked police officers have been conducted in at least one Paris suburb, alarming neighbors.
One police officer was killed and two others seriously injured when the gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon before being shot and killed himself.
Paris’ famous Champs-Elysees Boulevard has since reopened, appearing as if nothing had happened.
Expressing their solidarity with police, France’s 11 presidential candidates were appearing on a television program ahead of the first round of voting in the two-part election when the attack occurred, according to a Fox News report.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence commented on the shooting, saying it’s the “latest reminder that terrorism can strike anywhere, anytime.” He added, the United States “will not relent in our effort to end terrorism.”
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ISIS claims responsibility for Paris attack