Four people were killed in a shooting near a popular Christmas market in eastern France on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

According to the BBC, police in Strasbourg first confirmed that two people died and 10 were injured as shots rang out in Place Kleber, one of the city’s central squares. The Associated Press later reported that the death toll had risen to four, with 11 injured. French prosecutors said that the shooting is being investigated as a terrorist attack, according to the AP.

A French security official said the shooter remains at large, the AP and other outlets reported. The gunman, who has been identified, has a criminal record and had been flagged as a potential extremist, the AP said. Explosive materials were found at his home after the shooting, Stephane Morisse of union FGP told the AP.

The European Parliament, which is located in Strasbourg, was locked down during the shooting.

French police wrote on Twitter that a “serious incident” was taking place in Strasbourg, and asked the public to remain inside.

🔴 Événement grave de sécurité publique en cours à #Strasbourg. Les habitants sont invités à rester chez eux. Plus d'informations à venir, suivez les consignes des autorités. pic.twitter.com/5t7offxqQ0

— Ministère de l'Intérieur – Alerte (@Beauvau_Alerte) December 11, 2018

A local news reporter, Bruno Poussard, wrote on Twitter that he had heard “bursts” of gunshots at around 7:55 p.m.

La situation reste très confuse mais à 19h55, il y a eu plus d'une dizaine de #tirs dans ma petite rue en plein centre-ville de #Strasbourg. Deux ou trois d'abord, puis en rafales ensuite pic.twitter.com/egihu6dgEr

— Poussard Bruno (@PoussardBruno) December 11, 2018

Une heure après, la situation est toujours aussi confuse, quelques passants ont circulé, mais avec les encouragements à la prudence des policiers encore présents dans cette rue du centre de #Strasbourg pic.twitter.com/mV3iEMPWaO

— Poussard Bruno (@PoussardBruno) December 11, 2018

The AP reported that French President Emmanuel Macron adjourned a meeting at the presidential palace to allow him to monitor the situation.

The Christmas market has attracted terrorist threats in the past. Ten Algerian and French-Algerian terrorists, who were affiliated with al-Qaeda, were sentenced to prison for planning to blow up the market on New Year’s Eve in 2000, according to the AP.

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