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12 people were killed in a shooting at the office of a French satirical magazine Wednesday, including four cartoonists and editor Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb.
Black-clad, hooded gunmen came into the office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly, shooting and killing at least 12, wounding 11, and leaving four in "serious condition."
It is not immediately clear who was behind the late morning attack; French officials are viewing it as a blatant act of terrorism.
In one video of the shootings shown on French television station iTELE, two masked men can be seen leaving the building then trading fire with a police officer. One of the shooters stands above the injured officer and kills him at point-blank range. In the video, one of the men reportedly shouts, "We have killed Charlie Hebdo. We have avenged the Prophet Mohammad."
There has been fear of more attacks, either at related outlets in Paris or across France, as the assailants are still on the loose. With a massive manhunt underway in the Paris area, local school trips have been cancelled and some metros closed.
The New York Police Department is adding officers at sensitive sites around the U.S., including the French Consulate, in response to the Paris attack.
French President Hollande said, "We need to find the actors of this terrorist act. They must be arrested and brought before judges and condemned as quickly as possible. France is shocked today."
In a statement from the White House, President Obama called the attacks "cowardly" and "evil."
He continued that this attack is not only an attack on Paris, but also an attack on people who hold core values, like free expression and a free press, dear.
"We will stand with the people of France through this very, very difficult time," Obama said.
Reactions of the shootings have spread wide on social media, from politicians, journalists and celebrities to the concerned and upset public, many using the trending tag #JeSuisCharlie.
Rallies are being planned around France to show solidarity and support.
The murders in Paris are sickening. We stand with the French people in the fight against terror and defending the freedom of the press.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 7, 2015
Paris est dans mon cœur aujourd'hui.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 7, 2015
"our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost" T Jefferson #JeSuisCharlie— Philippe Cousteau (@pcousteau) January 7, 2015
Dear Bad Guys, its 2015, we've already fought for freedom of speech and WON, we've already done that part of history,Keep Up. #JeSuisCharlie— Rosie Day (@rosiedaydream) January 7, 2015
People who say it's only about making offensive cartoons miss point. It's about the freedom to think & create without fear. #JeSuisCharlie— Julia Kite (@juliakite) January 7, 2015