Update: 1:25 p.m. EDT   Interior Minister Gerard Collomb confirmed Friday that the attacker has been identified as Redouane Lakdim, 26. 

“He was known for petty crimes. We had monitored him and thought there was no radicalization,” Collomb said, according to the New York Post. “He was known for possession of drugs. We couldn’t have said that he was a radical that would carry out an attack.”

UPDATE: 10:33 a.m. EDT  The attacker was shot dead by police after they raided the store, the New York Post has reported. The individual is said to be a Moroccan national "who was known to authorities." At least two people are suspected dead and several others are injured, according to Wall Street Journal.

UPDATE: 8:56 a.m. EDT — According to local reports, the gunman was identified through vehicle registration plate. The hostage-taker is said to be a local man aged around 30-year-old. Local media LCI TV said at least 12 people were injured in Trèbes terror attack.

UPDATE: 8:15 a.m. EDT — One person was killed and many taken hostage at a Trèbes supermarket in southern France, local media reports said Friday. Yves Lefebvre, secretary general of SGP Police-FO police union, said the gunman first fired six shots at police officers, with one official receiving a shoulder injury.

Special police units arrived at the scene following the shooting and the area was cordoned off. 

Original Story:

A hostage situation took place after a shooting in a supermarket in Trèbes, south of France, on Friday, the Interior Ministry said on Twitter. Prosecutors said the hostage-taker reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Preliminary details of the investigation stated a man "entered the supermarket Super U around 11:15 a.m. and shots were heard," a source close to the case told Agence France-Presse said. A major police operation is underway and officials have surrounded the supermarket.

A witness told Europe 1 that the gunman was shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) when he entered the supermarket. According to local media, at least two people were wounded in the incident.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe responded, saying the supermarket hostage situation is “very serious.”

According to an AFP France correspondent, a police officer was shot in Carcassonne, some 5 miles away from where the hostage situation took place. However, its unclear if the two incidents were linked.

This is a developing story.