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Gunman Kills 4 In Kosher Market Attack In Paris (UPDATE)

Police officers storm the kosher market where a gunman held several hostages, in Paris, Friday Jan. 9, 2015. The assault came
Police officers storm the kosher market where a gunman held several hostages, in Paris, Friday Jan. 9, 2015. The assault came moments after a similar raid on the building where two brothers suspected in the Charlie Hebdo newspaper massacre were cornered. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Four people were shot and killed during a siege at a kosher market in Paris on Friday.

A prosecutor in Paris told the Associated Press the gunman shot the victims when he entered the store.

Police identified the man who stormed the Hyper Cacher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, a Jewish community in the 12th arrondissement, as 32-year-old Amedy Coulibaly. One official said he appears linked to Wednesday's shooting at the offices of satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which left 12 people dead. Coulibaly is also suspected in the shooting death of a policewoman on a Paris roadside Thursday.

French President Francois Hollande said in a televised address that the siege at Hyper Cacher was an “anti-Semitic” attack. The Grand Synagogue in Paris has been closed for Shabbat for the first time since World War II, according to The Jerusalem Post's Michael Wilner.

Shops in the area were ordered closed after Coulibaly walked in and opened fire on the market, declaring, "You know who I am," the AP reports. He held 15 shoppers hostage inside; 30 others reportedly hid in the building's cold storage unit for hours, according to the Daily Mail.

As the hostage situation made news, #JeSuisJuif, a hashtag expressing solidarity with the Jewish population of France, began trending on Twitter.

Couliably was killed when police stormed the market hours later. Four of the hostages are in critical condition, according to Agence France-Presse. Among others wounded in the assault were two police officers.

"It's war!" one woman reportedly screamed as she fled the scene with her daughter.

The FBI tweeted that French police are still searching for Couliably's alleged accomplice, a woman named Hayet Boumddiene.

The situation at the market was unfolding at the same time a second standoff was taking place at a printing house in Dammartin-en-Goele, a small community near Charles de Gaulle International Airport. Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, the suspects accused of killing 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo offices on Wednesday, were both killed when they reportedly came out of the building shooting, prompting return fire from police.

Police stormed the Hyper Cacher moments later; earlier in the day, Coulibaly had allegedly threatened to kill the hostages in the market if police stormed the printing press where the brothers were located.

paris map Locations of the grocery store, the standoff in Northern France, and the Charlie Hebdo offices

UPDATE: Language has been changed based on new information that indicates the four people killed by the gunman were never taken hostage.

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  • Police forces storm the Hyper Cacher kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, France on January 9, 2015.
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    Police forces storm the Hyper Cacher kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, France on January 9, 2015.
  • Police forces storm the Hyper Cacher kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, France on January 9, 2015.
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    Police forces storm the Hyper Cacher kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, France on January 9, 2015.
  • Police forces storm the Hyper Cacher kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, France on January 9, 2015.
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    Police forces storm the Hyper Cacher kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, France on January 9, 2015.
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    Members of the French police special forces evacuate the hostages after launching the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on January 9, 2015.
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    A security officer directs released hostages after they stormed a kosher market to end a hostage situation, Paris, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.
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    People watch on TV in a cafe as police mobilize at the hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France.
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    A photo taken on January 9, 2015 shows members of the French police forces taking position by the kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris.
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    Pictured in this composite of handout photos provided by the Direction Centrale de la Police Judiciaire on January 9, 2015 are Amedy Coulibaly, aged 32, who is wanted in connection with the shooting of a French policewoman yesterday and suspected as being involved in the hostage situation at a Kosher store in the Porte de Vincennes area of Paris, and known associate Hayat Boumeddiene, aged 26.
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    Police are mobilized with reports of a hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France.
  • French police special forces evacuate local residents on January 9, 2015 in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris.
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    French police special forces evacuate local residents on January 9, 2015 in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris.
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    Members of the French police special force RAID walk with their equipment on the 'peripherique' (circular road) in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on January 9, 2015.
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    French police officers arrive to take up positions near Porte de Vincennes in Paris on January 9, 2015.
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    Police mobilize with reports of a hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France.
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    Media standby as police mobilize with reports of a hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France.
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    Journalists wait behind barriers while police mobilize with reports of a hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France.
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    Members of the French police special force RAID gather on the 'peripherique' (circular road) in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on January 9, 2015.
  • Empty roads are seen as French police take measure around the kosher supermarket at Port de Vincennes where several people ha
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    Empty roads are seen as French police take measure around the kosher supermarket at Port de Vincennes where several people had been taken hostage by a gunman suspected of being involved in the killing of a French policewoman in southern Paris, French police have said on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France.
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