Gunman killed after deadly hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, France

An armed man took hostages in a supermarket in southern France on Friday, killing three people and injuring about a dozen others before being shot to death when French police stormed the market, authorities said.

French President Emmanuel Macron said all evidence suggested that it was a terror attack — the first one since he became president in May.

It’s unclear how many victims there are overall, said Yves Lefebvre, secretary general of SGP Police-FO police union.

The attacker first fired six shots at police officers on their way back from jogging near the city of Carcassonne on Friday morning, said Lefebvre. The police were not in uniform but were wearing athletic clothes with police insignia. One police officer was shot in the shoulder, but the injury was not serious, Lefebvre said.

The suspect then went to a Super U supermarket in the nearby small town of Trèbes, 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of Toulouse, taking an unknown number of people hostage. (AP)

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<p>A general view shows gendarmes and police officers at a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trèbes, France, March 23, 2018. (Photo: Regis Duvignau/Reuters) </p>
Gunman killed after deadly hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, France

A general view shows gendarmes and police officers at a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trèbes, France, March 23, 2018. (Photo: Regis Duvignau/Reuters)

<p>Gendarmes of the French special unit GIGN are seen next to a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trèbes, France, March 23, 2018. (Photo: Regis Duvignau/Reuters) </p>
Gunman killed after deadly hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, France

Gendarmes of the French special unit GIGN are seen next to a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trèbes, France, March 23, 2018. (Photo: Regis Duvignau/Reuters)

<p>A general view shows rescue forces and police officers at a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trèbes, France, March 23, 2018. (Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters) </p>
Gunman killed after deadly hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, France

A general view shows rescue forces and police officers at a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trèbes, France, March 23, 2018. (Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters)

<p>A gendarmerie helicopter flies over the village of Trebes after a hostage situation in a supermarket, France, March 23, 2018. (Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters) </p>
Gunman killed after deadly hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, France

A gendarmerie helicopter flies over the village of Trebes after a hostage situation in a supermarket, France, March 23, 2018. (Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters)

<p>A general view shows gendarmes and police officers at a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trèbes, France, March 23, 2018. (Photo: Regis Duvignau/Reuters) </p>
Gunman killed after deadly hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, France

A general view shows gendarmes and police officers at a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trèbes, France, March 23, 2018. (Photo: Regis Duvignau/Reuters)

<p>A gendarme seen on the parking lot outside the Super U supermarket where a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) holding hostages in Trèbes, southern France, 23 March 2018. French police are launching a raid on the supermaket where a gunman that allegedly pledged alliance to the IS is holding hostages. Police says at least two people died and dozens were injured in Trebes near Carcassonne. (Photo: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Gunman killed after deadly hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, France

A gendarme seen on the parking lot outside the Super U supermarket where a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) holding hostages in Trèbes, southern France, 23 March 2018. French police are launching a raid on the supermaket where a gunman that allegedly pledged alliance to the IS is holding hostages. Police says at least two people died and dozens were injured in Trebes near Carcassonne. (Photo: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>A general view shows police officers and investigators at a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trèbes, France, March 23, 2018. (Photo: Regis Duvignau/Reuters) </p>
Gunman killed after deadly hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, France

A general view shows police officers and investigators at a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trèbes, France, March 23, 2018. (Photo: Regis Duvignau/Reuters)

<p>A gendarmes secures the entrance to the Super U supermarket where a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) holding hostages in Trebes, southern France, 23 March 2018. French police are launching a raid on the supermaket where a gunman that allegedly pledged alliance to the IS is holding hostages. Police says at least two people died and dozens were injured in Trebes near Carcassonne. (Photo: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Gunman killed after deadly hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, France

A gendarmes secures the entrance to the Super U supermarket where a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) holding hostages in Trebes, southern France, 23 March 2018. French police are launching a raid on the supermaket where a gunman that allegedly pledged alliance to the IS is holding hostages. Police says at least two people died and dozens were injured in Trebes near Carcassonne. (Photo: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Police officers and investigators are seen in front of a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trèbes, France, March 23, 2018. (Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters) </p>
Gunman killed after deadly hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, France

Police officers and investigators are seen in front of a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trèbes, France, March 23, 2018. (Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters)

<p>A military helicopter flies over the village of Trebes after a hostage situation in a supermarket, France, March 23, 2018. (Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters) </p>
Gunman killed after deadly hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, France

A military helicopter flies over the village of Trebes after a hostage situation in a supermarket, France, March 23, 2018. (Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters)

<p>Police are seen at the scene of a hostage situation in a supermarket in Trèbes, Aude, France March 23, 2018 in this picture obtained from a social media video. (Photo: La Vie a Trebes/via Reuters) </p>
Gunman killed after deadly hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, France

Police are seen at the scene of a hostage situation in a supermarket in Trèbes, Aude, France March 23, 2018 in this picture obtained from a social media video. (Photo: La Vie a Trebes/via Reuters)

<p>Police respond to an incident in Trèbes, southern France, Friday March 23, 2018. French counterterrorism prosecutors are taking charge of the investigation into the shooting of a police officer in southern France that has led to an apparent hostage-taking at a supermarket. (Photo: La Depeche Du Midi via AP) </p>
Gunman killed after deadly hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, France

Police respond to an incident in Trèbes, southern France, Friday March 23, 2018. French counterterrorism prosecutors are taking charge of the investigation into the shooting of a police officer in southern France that has led to an apparent hostage-taking at a supermarket. (Photo: La Depeche Du Midi via AP)

<p>A gendarme secures the perimeter near a roadsign welcoming visitors to Trèbes, where a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) holding hostages in Trebes, southern France, 23 March 2018. French police are launching a raid on the supermaket where a gunman that allegedly pledged alliance to the IS is holding hostages. Police says at least two people died and dozens were injured in Trebes near Carcassonne. (Photo: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Gunman killed after deadly hostage-taking at a supermarket in Trèbes, France

A gendarme secures the perimeter near a roadsign welcoming visitors to Trèbes, where a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) holding hostages in Trebes, southern France, 23 March 2018. French police are launching a raid on the supermaket where a gunman that allegedly pledged alliance to the IS is holding hostages. Police says at least two people died and dozens were injured in Trebes near Carcassonne. (Photo: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Map of southern France locating Trèbes, where a man who claims allegiance to the Islamic State group has taken hostages in a supermarket. (Photo: Vincent Lefai/AFP) </p>
Deadly hostage-taking at a supermarket in Thebes, France

Map of southern France locating Trèbes, where a man who claims allegiance to the Islamic State group has taken hostages in a supermarket. (Photo: Vincent Lefai/AFP)

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