PARIS–At least two people have been killed when a gunman opened fire at a kosher grocery store in eastern Paris on Friday and took at least five people hostage, sources told media.
“There are at least two dead, maybe more, but for the moment we don’t know,” one source said.
The Guardian reported that employees and clients are trapped in the basement of the store. The BBC reported that the store is a Jewish shop.
An eyewitness said that shops near the supermarket siege have been evacuated.
The gunman was suspected of being the same man who killed a policewoman in southern Paris on Thursday, who is thought to have links to the assailants who stormed satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.
A police source had told Reuters earlier he was a member of the same jihadist group as the two suspects in the attack at weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
The police source said the man was equipped with automatic weapons.
A police official, who was not authorized to speak about the situation, told AP the gunman opened fire in the market and declared “you know who I am.”
The Guardian quoted an eyewitness to the siege as saying, “There was an individual – African – who had a Kalashnikov … and he immediately went into the deli and he started shooting with his Kalashnikov.”
Police immediately cordoned off the area and a helicopter was flying overhead. Local media said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was rushing to the scene.