PARIS POLICE EMPLOYEE STABS FOUR PEOPLE TO DEATH BEFORE BEING GUNNED DEAD AT HEADQUARTERS
First responders on the scene at Paris. Photo Credit: Reuters.
A 45-year-old IT assistant at the police headquarters in central Paris attacked four people with a knife on Thursday, killing them before he was shot dead by an officer, French officials said.
Officials did not say anything about the motive for the attack, and were trying to discover if there was a link to terrorism.
Reuters reports that the area around the police headquarters, close to Notre-Dame Cathedral, was sealed off and a metro station was shut as the attack unfolded.
The attacker killed three police officers and an administrative worker; three men and one woman, according to Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz. A fifth person was wounded and is undergoing surgery.
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the attacker was known to his colleagues and had worked for some time in the IT department.
Castaner said, “He had never presented any behavioral issues, he had never presented the slightest cause for alarm before going on his deadly rampage today.”
Paris has seen several cases of high-profile attacks in the last four years.
Coordinated bombings and shootings by Islamist militants in November 2015 killed 130 people; while in a three-day killing spree in January 2015, Islamist gunmen killed reporters at satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo.