Twitter, Facebook key to communication after Paris shooting

In what officials are calling a terrorist attack, gunmen killed 12 people and wounded several others at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Social media users got a chilling look Wednesday morning at a group of armed gunmen who attacked the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdoin Paris.

Les tireurs de #ChalieHebdo face à une voiture de police. Ils ont fait feu, les policiers ont répliqué puis reculé pic.twitter.com/Ld1sxkRLvW

— Elise Barthet (@EliseBarthet) January 7, 2015

In the hours following the attack, which killed 12 people including two police officers, people with access to photos and videos from the scene—journalists and bystanders both—took to Facebook and Twitter to post images.

Many news sources reported about a graphic video of a shooting on the street posted to Facebook, which was no longer available as of about 8 a.m. Eastern time. Quite a few tweets of images from the scene were still available, however:

Ils ont tiré à deux reprises les balles ont traversé la porte et la fenêtre pic.twitter.com/Jhgi4MBlnp

— yve cresson (@yvecresson) January 7, 2015

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