Update as of 4:58 a.m. EST: A policewoman who was shot by a gunman on Thursday has died from her injuries, Agence France-Presse reported, citing local police.
At least one French police officer has been “critically wounded” in southern Paris after automatic gunfire was heard in the streets, according to several media reports. Whether the latest shooting is connected to the mass killings at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which left 12 dead including two police officers, is unclear.
The UK's Telegraph reported that local media said that one of two police officers involved in the incident was “seriously injured” in the second shooting attack to rock the French capital within 24 hours. It added that gunmen escaped into the city's Metro system, but that one suspect had been arrested.
French broadcaster France 24 reported that shots had been fired at police in the south of Paris. French radio station RTL reported that one man had opened fire on police officers, injuring one seriously, and that the shooter had been arrested. The RTL report made no mention of any gunmen escaping.
French police and security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that it was too early to make any connection between the latest shooting and the Charlie Hebdo killings.
The second gun attack came as French Prime Minister Manuel Valls revealed that “several” people have been arrested in connection with the manhunt for the Charlie Hebdo shooting suspects. One man wanted in connection with the attacks, Hamyd Mourad, who was the youngest of the three suspects French authorities believe to be involved in the killings, surrendered to police late Wednesday.
Two other suspects, brothers Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, remain at large, and are currently being sought by French authorities, who conducted an anti-terror raid in the city of Reims in northeastern France late Wednesday in connection with the attacks.