Here's the timeline (using local Paris time, CET).
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015:
8:28 a.m.: Charlie Hebdo tweets out an illustration of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, mocking the ISIS leader.- On mobile? Watch the livestream of the scene here
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- PHOTOS | Charlie Hebdo offices stormed by masked gunmen
Around 10 a.m. : Journalists from Charlie Hebdo reportedly gather in their Paris office for their weekly editorial meeting. A Charlie Hebdo reporter told the French newspaper Le Monde that the attackers had to have been informed that the editorial meeting was taking place, otherwise there are not many people on the premises.
11:30 a.m:Cartoonist Corine Rey returns to the Charlie Hebdo office after picking up her daughter from daycare when two gunmen approach, threaten her and demand she let them in, she tells French newspaper L'Humanité. She says she typed in the code and they entered. The masked gunmen shout "Allahu akbar!" — God is great — as they storm the offices. The attackers head to the second floor and start firing indiscriminately in the newsroom, says Christophe DeLoire of Reporters Without Borders. Rey, who took refuge under her desk, says the attack lasted five minutes.
Shortly after 11:30 a.m.: Police reportedly exchange fire with the gunmen. According to Reuters, a short amateur video broadcast by French television stations shows two hooded men outside the building. One of them sees a wounded policeman lying on the ground and strides over to him to shoot him dead at point-blank range. The two then walk over to a black saloon car and drive off. The car was later found in the nearby 19th district, in northeastern Paris, according to TV news station France 24.. Luc Poignant, another police union official, says the attackers later switch to another vehicle that had been stolen and drove into the suburbs of east Paris. Police continue to search for gunmen.