A French police officer shot and killed allegedly by a North African (Muslim?) terrorist, armed with an M5 assault rifle, in the second horrifying attack on Paris’s streets in less than 24 hours was a 27-year-old rookie. A second victim – a street cleaner who was shot in the face after he confronted the gunman – is said to be alive but in a serious condition.
UK Daily Mail (h/t Maria J) The young policewoman who was gunned down as she attended a routine traffic accident in Montrouge at 8am today is called Clarissa Jean-Philippe, according to the French media.
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.
Meanwhile, terrified workers in Paris’s business district La Defense were warned not to leave their office after a gunman was seen outside, French newspaper Le Figaro reported.
France’s top security official Bernard Cazenueve said Ms Jean-Philippe – a trainee police officer from the island of Martinique and who ‘dreamed of serving her country’ according to Paris Match – had stopped to investigate a traffic accident when the firing started in the southern suburb of Paris.
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 a witness, who saw the shooting from his home nearby. He said the shooter wore dark clothes but no mask.