Paris incident: Armed man takes hostages

There initially were three hostages, but one was reportedly freed shortly after the hostage-taking began at about 4 p.m.in the office of a startup, police union official Yves Lefebvre said.

A gunman who took two people hostage in central Paris on Tuesday has been arrested and his victims freed "safe and sound", police in the French capital said.

The incident is not believed to be terror related. Special units and fire services were at the scene.

An area in Paris has been on lockdown after an armed man reportedly took several people, including a pregnant woman, hostage in one of the buildings, local media report. He's holding two hostages. But the police source said he had asked to communicate with the Iranian embassy so that they could convey a message to the French government. An Interior Ministry official said negotiations with the suspect were taking place.

The hostage was allegedly hurt after being hit with a wrench as the hostage-taker, who has not been identified, entered the tech store on the afternoon of June 12.