BREAKING: Gunmen Hold 18 Hostages in Paris Shopping Center

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 9.45.43 AMAn armed society is a polite society. If only Paris knew that.

A group of gunmen broke into a store in a suburban Paris shopping center on Monday morning and took a number of people hostage, according to multiple reports.

The situation involving up to 18 hostages at the the Primark store in the town of Villeneuve-la-Garenne lasted for several hours, but ended after special forces surrounded the building,according to Le Monde. There are reports that the gunmen are still on the run.

A police official who spoke to the Associated Press anonymously said the assailants were trying to rob the store and entered around 6:30 a.m. local time Monday.

Read more: mashable.com

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