Paris knife attacker kills 4 people at police headquarters

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10:47 a.m. ET, October 3, 2019

Attacker was 45-year-old man, employed by police since 2003

From CNN's Arnaud Siad

The individual who attacked Paris' police headquarters, killing four people, was a 45-year-old man, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said in a press conference Thursday.

The attacker had been employed by the police in an administrative capacity since 2003.

10:17 a.m. ET, October 3, 2019

France's former interior minister shares his condolences in emotional tweet

France's former interior minister Gerard Collomb has expressed his condolences to the victims of the Paris attack in an emotional tweet.

“I’ve learned with emotion the tragedy that occurred at the beginning of the afternoon at the police headquarters of Paris. All my thoughts are of course with the families of the victims,” Collomb, who is now mayor of Lyon, said.

“I also want to express my support to all the staff, whose emotions I can’t even imagine at this moment," he added.

9:54 a.m. ET, October 3, 2019

What we know about the knife attack

  • Who was targeted: At least four people were killed in the knife attack inside Paris' police headquarters.
  • The attacker: The attacker, a longtime police employee, was shot dead. The individual's motive is still unknown.
  • Where was the attack? The attack was carried out inside the city's police headquarters on Île de la Cité. The island in the center of Paris, where the Notre Dame cathedral is also situated, has been on lockdown following the assault.
  • Response: French President Emmanuel Macron is at the scene, along with his interior minster and deputy interior minister. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has shared her condolences, saying the city's council would pay tribute to the victims.
  • Security presence: Security officials, police, firemen and other emergency responders are out in force on Île de la Cité, and all roads leading to the island have been cordoned off.

9:23 a.m. ET, October 3, 2019

Macron on the scene of deadly attack

From CNN's Saskya Vandoorne

French President Emmanuel Macron is now at the site of the deadly attack on Paris' police headquarters.

"The President of the Republic went to the police station to show his support and solidarity to all the staff," the Elysee Palace said in a statement.

Macron is accompanied by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner and Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez.

9:20 a.m. ET, October 3, 2019

"Several police officers" have lost their lives, Paris mayor says

From CNN’s Arnaud Siad in London 

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has confirmed that “several police officers" lost their lives in Thursday's attack on the city's police headquarters, adding that her thoughts were with their families.

“Paris cries for its own this afternoon after this terrible attack at the @prefpolice. Heavy casualties, several police officers lost their lives. On my behalf and that of Parisians, my first thoughts go to the families of the victims and their loved ones," Hidalgo said on Twitter.

“During the Paris Council, we will pay tribute to the victims and will salute the unfailing commitment of police forces serving the security of Parisians. We know what we owe them."

9:00 a.m. ET, October 3, 2019

Four dead in Paris police headquarters attack

Four people have been killed in the stabbing at the Paris police headquarters, according to CNN affiliate BFM TV.

Loïc Travers, a police union secretary, told BFM TV that five were dead, including the attacker.

The motive of the attacker, who was a longtime administrative employee for the police, is still unknown.

“He has been with us for over 20 years," Travers said, speaking outside the police headquarters.

8:47 a.m. ET, October 3, 2019

Heavy security presence on Île de la Cité

Security officials, police, firemen and other emergency responders could be seen out in force on Île de la Cité, the island in the center of Paris where the police headquarters was attacked.

The island is also home to Notre Dame cathedral

8:34 a.m. ET, October 3, 2019

Metro station near attack shuttered

From Antoine Crouin in Paris and Saskya Vandoorne

The Cité metro station in Paris was closed Thursday afternoon as a security measure, the French metro body said on Twitter.

The station is on the Île de la Cité, where the police headquarters and Notre Dame cathedral are situated.

A police officer outside of the perimeter told CNN: “Île de la Cité is now a real island, no one can go and leave.”

8:29 a.m. ET, October 3, 2019

One police officer confirmed dead, toll expected to rise

From CNN’s Saskya Vandoorne

An officer was killed in the knife attack inside the police headquarters in Paris, according to a police source, who warned that "the toll will rise."

The attacker was an administrative officer employed by the police, according to the same source. The assailant's motive is not yet known.

France's interior minister Christophe Castaner is heading to the scene.