Paris Shooting

Haniyah Taylor, Staff Writer

According to CNN, Paris is among the five most visited international cities in the world with more than 15 million international tourists each year.

In Paris there is a museum called the Louvre, which has a framed glass pyramid entrance and is one of the most popular museums in the world.

On Feb. 3rd 2017, in a mall underneath the Louvre museum, a man was shot for carrying two machetes in backpack  and attacking four of the French soldiers.

According to CNN, the man had rushed toward the group of soldiers screaming “Allahu akbar”, meaning “God is greatest”. One of the French soldiers was injured to the scalp as the attacker was severely injured in the stomach.

The soldier and the attacker have been reported safely to the hospital and the attacker has been under custody.

According to BBC, police have not released the attackers identity but have said  that he was 29 year old Egyptian man who arrived to France last month.

Hundreds of visitors in the Louvre at the time were held in secure areas of the museum, before they were evacuated gradually after security checks.

CNN had reported that Taylor Walstrum, a junior at the University of Georgia, was visiting the Louvre with some of his classmates while on a study abroad program in Italy, and got caught up in the lockdown.

“We were at the Mona Lisa when alarms started going off, and the staff began frantically ushering us out,” Taylor explained to CNN in an interview.

Staff at the museum began to lead the visitors down to a basement and police began to sweep the grounds and local museum. Visitors were then moved to another room where they had to wait for another two to three hours to get the clear from the police and staff.

Authorities had searched their bags, then everyone was patted down by armed guards before they were allowed to leave. Once they were done, the authorities let the visitors out the museum to roam free.

According to NBC President Francois Hollande said the situation was under control but the “threat of terrorism is here to stay”.

President Francois Hollande praised the response to the attack, tweeting: “I salute the courage and determination showed by the military this morning at the Carrousel du Louvre.”

Louvre has been claimed to be the home to the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Code of Hammurabi, among other famous artworks.

The Louvre has reported to reopen Sunday, February 5th 2017.