UPDATE: Police shoot hammer-wielding man at Paris cathedral


A man who tried to attack police officers with a hammer Tuesday, at the most popular tourist spot in Paris, the Notre Dame Cathedral, has reportedly been shot and wounded by police.

He came prepared – not only with a hammer, but with knives as well, officials are now reporting.

The incident happened about 4:30 pm local time, in the courtyard of the famous tourist site, sending tourists in a panic at the sounds of the gunshots.

Officers quickly locked the place down, not allowing anyone to go in or out of the cathedral.

The man with the hammer reportedly attacked an officer patrolling the area in front of the cathedral, and when he refused to stop threatening the officers, they reportedly shot him in the chest.  The man is said to be wounded, but not killed.

One of the officers was hit in the head with the hammer, but was not seriously wounded.

CNN reported that the attacker is believed to be an Algerian student, and said, “This is for Syria,” as he attacked the officers.  He had pulled the hammer out of a backpack he was carrying, but also had knives in his possession.

About an hour after the attack, the tourists inside the cathedral were allowed to come out.  One Twitter user, Matthew CurrieHolmes, detailed the scene inside the cathedral, where he was trapped when the attack occurred.


Another scene from inside the cathedral:

It was pointed out that a gun stopped the hammer.

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