(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump said Thursday that the shooting attack on Paris police “looks like another terrorist attack.”
A lone gunman fatally shot a police officer and wounded two others along the Champs-Elysees in Paris, according to French police. The gunman was then shot and killed while trying to flee the scene, the BBC reported .
“Well, first of all, our condolences from our country to the people of France. Again, it’s happening, it seems. I just saw it as I was walking in, so that’s a terrible thing and it’s a very, very terrible thing that’s going on in the world today, but it looks like another terrorist attack,” Trump said during a joint press conference at the White House with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
French President Francois Hollande said he was convinced the incident was a terrorist attack.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
“What can you say -- it just never ends. We have to be strong and we have to be vigilant, and I’ve been saying it for a long time,” Trump said.
French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the suspect - who is known by France’s security forces and had talked about wanting to kill police officers - pulled up alongside a police bus and opened fire. After he killed an officer, he tried to run away while shooting at the officers, but was shot dead by security forces.