Terrorist Shootings Put Paris On Pre- Election High Alert

We're beginning to learn some details about the gunman who carried out Thursday's deadly shooting on the Champs Elysees in Paris, France. 

The attack, which was carried out using an automatic rifle, took the life of one police officer and wounded two others. 

The suspect, who has been identified as 39-year-old French national Karim Cheurfi, was shot and killed as he attempted to flee the scene.

Cheurfi was already known to authorities and had been detained two months ago during a terror investigation before being "let go" by investigators. He had previously been jailed for trying to kill police officers in 2001.

A note defending the Islamic State was found next to the body of the gunman, according to Reuters.

ISIS has taken credit for the attack, claiming it was carried out by one if its "fighters". In a statement released by the terror group, they referred to the gunman as Abu Yusuf al Beljiki. Al Beljiki means "The Belgian" in Arabic.