(JTA) – Several people are being held hostage at a kosher supermarket in Paris and two are reported dead.
The hostage situation began shortly after noon at Cash Cacher Naouri, a kosher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes in Paris’ 12th arrondissement, according to Chlomik Zenouda, vice-president of the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism.
“Ten people are being held hostage and one person, probably a member of the Jewish community, was wounded in the takeover,” he told JTA.
AFP, the French news service, said two people are reported dead.
Witnesses said the shots were fired from an automatic assault rifle. The shooter then retreated into the supermarket, witnesses said.
The person holed up inside the kosher supermarket is believed to be connected to the killing of a police officer in the suburb of Montrouge south of Paris on Thursday, Zenouda said, citing police sources.
Police locked down schools in the vicinity.
The killer in the Montrouge attack shot the officer and wounded another person after his vehicle was involved in an accident, French media reported. He then fled the scene. Police believe they have identified the shooter and were searching for him, Le Monde reported.
Citing police sources, Le Figaro reported that police found a link between the suspect of the shooting in Montrouge and two men they suspect of murdering 12 people on Wednesday at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo weekly.
Reports said police have released photos of two people wanted in the shooting of the police officer, a man, Amedy Coulibaly, 32, and a woman, Hayat Boumeddiene.
Two men who are suspected of staging the attack have taken at least one person hostage and are holed up in a printing shop north of Paris, Le Monde reported.